Photo Courtesy of Van Belle Nursery

Itea virginica Merlot (Sweetspire)

**NOT FOR SALE** This plant is discontinued and no longer available. This page is retained for reference only.

This native deciduous shrub features spears of lightly scented, crisp white flowers resembling shooting fireworks. The foliage is an attractive medium green in summer that changes to brilliant shades of blazing burgundy red in fall. Moderate growth rate. Spreading habit.

Blooms early summer
4 ft tall x 3 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant


Zone Zone 5
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture