Itea virginica

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 3 to 4'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Medium to wet, well-drained; prefers moist, humus but adaptable.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Virginia sweetspire, Virginia willow

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Virginia Sweetspire is a rounded, spreading, fragrant shrub, coveted by bees and butterflies for its drooping spires of fragrant white flowers. Its 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.

Sweetspire has high wildlife value, as it provides food for many types of pollinators, as well as creating protection for birds and small mammals with its closely knit branches. Its adaptability, beauty, and high wildlife value make Sweetspire one of the most popular native shrubs out there.


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3 to 4'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

May to June

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Medium to wet, well-drained; prefers moist, humus but adaptable.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Virginia sweetspire, Virginia willow

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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