Itea virginica 'Merlot' ~ Short N' Sweet™ Sweetspire, Merlot Sweetspire - Delivered By ServeScape

Short N' Sweet™ Sweetspire, Merlot Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Merlot'


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**Dormancy Note - This plant is currently dormant for the winter! It is available for purchase! Your delivered plant may be dormant, or showing very little top growth. However, you can still plant! These plants are putting all their energy into root production, so they will be ready to thrive in the spring! If you have any issues with your plant the following peak season, you can fill out our return request form to request a replacement plant.

Short N’ Sweet Sweetspire is a densely compact deciduous shrub that has long-lasting fall color.  The shiny oval green leaves turn wine-red in fall and hold until early winter before being dropped.  The tiny fragrant white flowers that blanket the shrub bloom on drooping cylindrical racemes in spring.  Best fall color in full sun and rich moist well-drained soils.

Itea virginica is a host plant for the American Holly Azure butterfly if in the coastal plains, otherwise it acts as a food source for various bees and butterflies.  Birds may eat the seeds.

Type: 

Shrub

Origins:

Southeast N. America; GA Native

Height: 

2' - 3'

Spread: 

3’ - 4'

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest:  

SpringSummer, Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly, then occasionally once established. No serious pests or diseases.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized Areas,  Ponds and Streams, Foundational Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Lilac, Weigela, Spirea

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Itea virginica Merlot 3zzCC BY-SA 4.0

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