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Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire

Category:

A terrific new selection that has proven to be hardier and tolerant to dry periods; exhibits dense racemes of white flowers in early summer and a spectacular scarlet display of foliage in the fall; an excellent border shrub

Characteristics

Species:
virginica
Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Genus:
Itea
Cultivar:
Scarlet Beauty
Branching:
spreading
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
scarlet
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire has racemes of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The smooth brown bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. 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

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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