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Fizzy Mizzy® Virginia Sweetspire

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A dense, compact selection featuring upright spikes of white flowers in early summer that carry a light, lovely fragrance; handsome dark green foliage becomes quite colorful in fall ; great for any size of garden, or as a foundation

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Itea
Species:
virginica
Cultivar:
SMNIVMM
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Fizzy Mizzy® Virginia Sweetspire features showy spikes of lightly-scented white flowers at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, scarlet and deep purple in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Fizzy Mizzy® Virginia Sweetspire is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Fizzy Mizzy® Virginia Sweetspire will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. This plant should not require much in the way of fertilizing once established, although it may appreciate a shot of general-purpose fertilizer from time to time early in the growing season. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Fizzy Mizzy® Virginia Sweetspire makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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