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This semi-evergreen shrub is native to wetland areas and has an arching habit. Fragrant white flowers appear in summer followed by beautiful maroon foliage in autumn.

Latin Name

Itea virginica



Also Known As

Virginia Willow Tasselwhite

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

June - July


Spring Spring
Fall Fall
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'


  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade
    Full Shade Full Shade


  • Heavy Shade
  • Erosion
  • Clay Soil
  • Wet Soil
  • Deer

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    George Washington ordered several Virginia sweetspires from John Bartram in 1792.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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