Compact Scentlandia Itea blooming in greenhouse Brilliant burgundy Scentlandia Itea in fall landscape Close up of long white blooms of Scentlandia Itea
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Meet the Breeder

Tim Wood
Grand Haven, MI, USA

SCENTLANDIA®

Sweetspire

Itea virginica

'SMNIVDFC'

PPAF; CBRAF

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Compact Scentlandia Itea blooming in greenhouse Brilliant burgundy Scentlandia Itea in fall landscape Close up of long white blooms of Scentlandia Itea
  • Native to North America
  • Fragrant
  • Improved hardiness
Description

Fabulously fragrant. Sweetspire is beloved for so many reasons: it’s native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, has handsome foliage, amazing fall color, very showy flowers, and of course, delicious fragrance. So how could Scentlandia® sweetspire improve on the classic? Better hardiness, for one, so that even gardeners in the colder parts of its hardiness zone can enjoy the fragrance, year after year. It also boasts brighter, more consistent fall color, along with a compact, refined habit.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 2 - 3'

Width 2 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Itea thrives in moist to wet soils but is surprisingly tolerant of normal and dry conditions as well - especially once established. Adaptable to pH.

Pruning Prune after flowering if desired; remove any dead wood in spring if necessary.

Uses Mass plantings; wildlife and woodland gardens; specimen; mixed borders; landscaping. Dwarf habit makes it well-suited to use around the home.

Growing Tips Though flowering and fall foliage color is best with at least some sun, itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs. Though Scentlandia™ itea was selected for improved stem hardiness, some dieback can occur in cold climates - mulch and/or site in protected areas in zones 5 and 6.