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Itea virginica

Virginia sweetspire

Itea virginica is a shrub native across the southeast, found in moist forests and along streams. It prefers to grow in wet soils and part sun, but can tolerate a wide range of soils and some shade. It is tardily deciduous; the leaves turn a deep purplish red in the late fall and often persist through most of winter. It produces dense racemes of white flowers in the spring and summer that attract many pollinators. Songbirds feed on the seeds later in the year. Itea virginica is great for restoration projects and erosion control, or for use as a specimen shrub in a yard or rain garden.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request

Plant type

  • Tree / Shrub

Mature Height

  • Up to 12'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (OBL) Obligate wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Fall Color
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Floodplain
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Rain Garden
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation