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Scentlandia® Sweetspire

Description

  • Fragrant white flowers in attract pollinators to your landscape.
  • Glorious, glowing fall color!
  • Grows in shade and wet soil.
  • Very heat tolerant native shrub.
  • Zones 5-9, sun/part sun/shade, 3' tall x 3' wide at maturity.
Zone 5-9
Light part sun/sun/shade
medium

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Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description Scentlandia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is an innovative new selection from Proven Winners. They developed it as an improved version of Little Henry.  Scentlandia has much better cold tolerance, making it a superior choice for USDA zone 5 and 6. It also offers improved fragrance from its beautiful, long spikes of white summer flowers; try planting it near a window or patio to enjoy its sweet summer scent. Come fall, you'll see brighter, more consistent color that will add vibrancy to your landscape. Sweetspire is such a handsome, versatile native shrub. Its compact size makes it perfect for any sized landscape, and when you add its deer resistance into the mix, you've got an easy-care shrub that has it all. Details Botanical name: Itea virginica 'SMNIVDFC'
Patent #: USPP 30,233
Common name: Sweetspire, Virginia sweetspire, Itea
Zone: 5-9
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Can take full shade, but flowering and fall color will be diminished.
Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide
Flower color: White
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Early summer to autumn
Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, ground cover.
How To Grow Soil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established sweetspire can take some dryness.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part-sun (4-6 hrs/day). Can grow in full shade, but flowering will be diminished, and fall color will not be as vivid.
Water: Average.
Space: Plant at least 3' apart.
Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well.
Winterizing: Nothing special required, aside from a good 2-3" layer of mulch. Mulch is especially important in zones 5 and 6.
Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on old wood, so should only be pruned after bloom. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it's clear where any dieback may have occurred.

Customer Reviews

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M
M.S. (Texas)
It’s not dead yet

Texas heat, up to 115 degrees last month, and no rain for 60+ days hasn’t killed it. I cut back the one and only vine when planted and so far, it has retained all of its green leaves. No new growth has occurred. Fall and cooler temperatures will happen in a couple of months. I’m keeping it watered and hope to see it thrive.

S
S.A. (Georgia)
Looks promising

Seems to be growing nicely but no blooms yet. Looking forward to the blooms

Hello! Thank you for leaving feedback. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can actually absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!

M
M.C. (West Virginia)
Mixed feelings.

Came small as a few bare stems. It did grow fairly quickly and had flowers within a few weeks. And then the deer trimmed it back to about the way I received it so . . .it's starting all over again. Don't let the label of deer resistant keep you from protecting your plants in other ways like spray, etc.

L
L.F. (New Hampshire)
Sweetspire

So far, so good...the Sweetspire is thriving and putting out new growth.

E
E.R.

Great performer