Virginia Sweetspire is a rounded, spreading, fragrant shrub, coveted by bees and butterflies for it’s drooping spires of fragrant white flowers. It’s arching branches hold leaves through the fall to prolong its beautiful autumn color. Sweetspire can be grown in a large variety of conditions due to its tolerance for shade, erosion, clay, and damp soil. It does quite well in a rain garden.
Itea has high wildlife value, as it provides food for many types of pollinators, as well as creating protection for birds and small mammals with it’s closely knit branches. It’s adaptability, beauty, and high wildlife value make Itea one of the most popular native shrubs out there.