Itea / Virginia Sweetspire

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Spectacular colors from early summer into fall

Itea is a flowering, deciduous shrub that displays long tassels of small blooms in early summer. Long-lasting spires of fragrant flowers droop from itea’s arching branches, enticing bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. After flowering, the leaves exhibit rich, medium to dark green hues, making this shrub an inviting choice for foundation planting. Brilliant red to purple fall foliage makes this an attractive ornamental into winter months. Tough and adaptable, this versatile shrub provides multiple seasons of interest. Perfect for areas with poor drainage, itea thrives in moist soil with part sun and looks best in mass plantings.

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