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Scentlandia™ Virginia Sweetspire

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Scentlandia™ Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘SMNIVDF’)A dense, compact selection of a native shrub which features long and narrow panicles of white flowers in early summer; chosen for outstanding fragrance; excellent fall colors that persists into winter; great for borders or as a foundation

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Scentlandia™ Virginia Sweetspire is draped in stunning panicles of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, scarlet and deep purple in the fall. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Scentlandia™ Virginia Sweetspire is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging 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

Scentlandia™ 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. 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.

Scentlandia™ Virginia Sweetspire makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. 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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