Itea virginica

Virginia-willow, sweetspire


wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 8 ft    Width: to 6 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, fall color


Recommended Uses: Use as a background plant in moist, shady areas. Charming when planted along a stream. Showy, longlasting, red fall coloration in northern areas. Blooms in late spring.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral


wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: Dome swamps, riverine swamps, seep slopes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

While occurring naturally in wetlands, this plant makes a good shrub in reasonably moist uplands.