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Itea virginica Merlot (Sweetspire)

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
Fragrant

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

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

Smooth-margined, narrow, glossy dark green foliage retains it colour into the fall but may have a bronze tinge in winter. Inconspicuous blooms. Slow growth rate. Ideal for topiary. Dense upright conical habit.

Blooms early spring
3-5 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Fragrant insignificant flowers
Moderate salt tolerance
Drought tolerant
Evergreen

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Known for their large flower heads, these shrubs and their abundant blooms bring a touch of charm and whimsy to any backyard or garden. This variety produces pointed flower clusters that open creamy white, turning soft pink then deep fuchsia as the weather cools, giving multi-coloured effect. Foliage is comprised of ovate green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
6-7 ft tall x 4-5 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees and butterflies
Tolerant to juglone
Salt Tolerant
Deciduous

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This deciduous shrub features clusters of long panicles covered in burgundy flower buds that open to reveal sweetly fragrant, pale pink flowers. Foliage of dark green, ovate-elliptic leaves may turn burgundy or bronze in fall. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring
6-10 ft tall x 5-10 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Deer resistant
Fragrant

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

Blooms early summer
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Miniature
Fragrant

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This deciduous dwarf shrub features fragrant, violet tubular flowers that appear in clusters on foliage of oblong, vibrant green leaves. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late spring
1-1.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Reblooming
Fragrant

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