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Cultural Details for Itea virginica

Common Name:
Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia-willow

Growth Rate:
Medium, fast with adequate nutrition and moisture.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, white, lightly fragrant, 0.33-0.5" diameter, borne in upright, dense, pubescent, 2-6" long and 0.625" wide racemes. Flowers on previous season's wood.

Fruit Details:
Five valved capsule, 0.25-0.33" long, narrow, pubescent, persistent into the following year, extremely small seeds.

Fall Color:
Flourescent red

Bark Details:
Green to reddish purple, glabrous, with a qhite, irregularly chambered pith.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious diseases, though leaf spot may occur.

Native Habitat:
Consistently found in swamps, wet woodlands and along wooded streams. Pine barrens of new jersey to Florida, west to Missouri, Louisana, and east Texas.

Other Features:
An interesting native shrub valued for fragrant flowers at a time when few plants are in flower.

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, fertile soils in moist or wet areas. Best flowers when in full sun. Pruning should be done after flowering.

This plant was blooming:
5/17/2010 - 6/21/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 144, Bed 145, Bed 184

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.