Virginia Sweetspire

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The highly ornamental native, the Virginia Sweetspire Bush (Itea virginica) is a hardy, aromatic flowering shrub with loads of wildlife and landscape appeal! The dense branching and green foliage look fantastic all spring and provide a lush backdrop for the bottlebrush blooms later on.

In late May and early June, Sweetspire churns out fragrant, pendulous bottlebrushes of starry white blossoms! Great pollinator garden plants, that attract butterflies in droves! These natives are trouble-free, ornamentals with a multitude of vital bird-friendly attributes!

Growing 3-5 feet in height and width, these compact and highly adaptable deciduous shrubs feature amazing fall color! Growing throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, the fragrant blooms are wonderfully adaptable and are very showy in the summer shade or sun! Then the fall brings wonderful color as a mix of red and orange shades appear!

Planting and Application:

Lovely specimens and accent shrubs for sun or shade, Sweetspire are widely adaptable natives! You can even plant this easy-going accent en masse in your wildlife-friendly garden, where it will nourish native pollinators in summer and beautify the landscape all year long!

A versatile charmer, Sweetspire can be used in just about any sun or soil condition. Why not take advantage of this rare trait? Use this as a long-running screening or border hedge through sunny and shade conditions in many parts of your yard. Or, tie your landscape together by repeating its use throughout your garden beds.

Sweetspire shrubs are great for wildlife groupings and en masse on banks to control erosion. Plant two feet apart on center in staggered, zigzagging rows to fill hard-to-mow hillsides with fragrant beauty!

Woodland gardens and Butterfly gardens are great, but because native Sweetspire prefers moist soils and will tolerate well-drained wet conditions, they also make great additions to Rain Gardens!

  • Bottlebrush White Flowers Fragrant, Showy Blooms
  • Lush Green Leaves & Amazing Fall Color
  • Compact Size & Full Growth
  • Butterfly & Bird-Friendly
  • Hedges & Screening, Adaptable Specimens & Wildlife-Friendly

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Sweetspire bushes are durable natives that tolerate full sun, partial sun, and even full shade! As with most flowering shrubs, you'll enjoy more blooms in higher sun environments. More sun also delivers a better bloom show and fall color display.

Growing in both boggy ground and can even handle periodic drought, any well-drained soil will support these versatile plants. Just water new installations regularly during their first year and provide Nature Hills Root Booster and a layer of arborist bark chips to support their growth.

Fertilize in early spring with a good, organic, slow-release fertilizer. Use the application rate listed on the label. If you would like, prune Virginia Sweetspire after they bloom. If you notice any winter damage after a harsh winter, prune it out soon after new growth has begun in the spring.

  • Tolerates Full Sun, Full Shade & Partial Shade
  • Handles Both Drought & Wet Soil
  • Deer-Resistant & Pest, Disease & Maintenance Free
  • Highly Adaptable Native
  • Water Well Before Winter & During Establishment

Widely underused, there are few shrubs prettier and more adaptable than the native Virginia Sweetspire shrub! Be sure to order enough for your next project at today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Virginia Sweetspire Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5 - 9
Growing Zones 5 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Itea virginica
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 5 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes