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)
Drought tolerant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Fragrant

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

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′ tall x 2-3′ spread
Evergreen
Drought tolerant
Moderate salt tolerance
Fragrant insignificant flowers

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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)
Salt Tolerant
Attracts bees and butterflies
Tolerant to juglone
Deciduous

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(FRAGRANT) Dark pink buds open in clusters of single pure pink florets covering the shrub from mid spring to early summer. The glossy dark green foliage turns burgundy or bronze in fall. Upright rounded habit. 6-10′ tall x 5-10′ spread. Full Sun.

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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)
Drought tolerant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Fragrant
Miniature

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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)
Reblooming
Deer and rabbit resistant

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