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Scentlandia® Sweetspire Itea virginica

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 36 Inches
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ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Scentlandia® Sweetspire Itea virginica
Part Sun to Sun 24 - 36

Features

Sweet summertime fragrance.

We sniffed dozens of different sweetspires in pursuit of the most fragrant variety, and we can say with confidence that we've found it in Scentlandia® itea. Though this native plant is much beloved for its sweetly scented summer blooms, not all plants exhibit equally strong fragrance, so it was our primary goal in introducing our next variety. We also wanted a smaller variety that works with any size landscape, and outstanding fall color so that the plant stays interesting beyond its bloom time. Scentlandia® sweetspire delivers on all three! The flowers aren't just longer, larger, and more fragrant than other varieties - they're also more cold tolerant, assuring a good display even in USDA zone 5 where flower buds are frequently damaged. Itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs and thrives even in wet soils, making it an excellent problem solver. 

Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.

Top reasons to grow Scentlandia® sweetspire:

- More fragrant than other sweetspire varieties

- Better bud hardiness means better performance in USDA zones 5 and 6

- One of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs

Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Bog Plant
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Edging Plant
Uses: 
Groundcover
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

Plant Scentlandia itea near a window or outdoor area where you can enjoy its fragrance. Its small stature makes it a nice choice for adding color and scent to perennial gardens. 

Itea is one of the few shrubs that will still flower reasonably well even in shade.

Maintenance Notes: 

Itea needs little maintenance. In spring, after new growth begins to emerge, you can remove any stems that aren't showing signs of life - do not prune until you see signs of new growth. Mulch is  a good idea. 

Scentlandia® Itea virginica 'SMNIVDFC' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
  • I would another, If i had space for it. BEST SMELL,I have it at my front porch. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BUSH TO ANYONE That likes a good fragrance and very pretty.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Saundra
    Kents Store
    Virginia
    United States
    7 weeks ago
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