Itea virginica

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Virginia sweetspire
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Flowering branch
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Iteaceae
Genus: Itea
Species: I. virginica
Binomial name
Itea virginica

Itea virginica (Virginia sweetspire or Virginia willow) is a plant in the Iteaceae.


I. virginica is a shrub with alternate, simple leaves, on arching stems. The flowers are white, borne in summer. It has deciduous to semievergreen shrub and grows from 3' to 6' tall. It is a multistemmed, suckering and colonizing plant. The stems branch infrequently except at the tops. A versatile shrub for sun and shade. Specimen, group or mass. Shrub borders, open woodland gardens, foundations or hedges. Mass for a shrubby ground cover effect. Naturalizes well in wild or informal areas. Also a good selection for wet locations such as low spots or pond/stream margins.

This Virginia sweetspire cultivar is an extremely compact, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically grows to 2' tall with a slightly larger spread. Features fragrant, tiny white flowers borne in cylindrical racemes (3-4" long) which cover the shrub with bloom in late spring to early summer. Oval, dark green leaves (1-3" long) turn attractive shades of orange, red and purple in fall, often persisting on the shrub until December. LITTLE HENRY is a dwarf version of the native species, with superior flowers and better fall color than the species.