Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

Fabulously fragrant. Sweetspire is beloved for so many reasons: it’s native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, has handsome foliage, amazing fall color, very showy flowers, and of course, delicious fragrance. So how could Scentlandia® sweetspire improve on the classic? Better hardiness, for one, so that even gardeners in the colder parts of its hardiness zone can enjoy the fragrance, year after year. It also boasts brighter, more consistent fall color, along with a compact, refined habit.


Light: Grows well in all light conditions. Though flower coverage and brilliance of fall color are at their best with at least four hours of direct exposure to the sun.

Soil: Quite tolerant of all conditions, but really thrives in moist soil.

Water: Enjoys very moist conditions, but is actually very drought tolerant once it’s established.

Fertilizing: Doesn’t typically need fertilizer. If you know you have poor soil, you can apply some granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in the springtime when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Regular pruning isn’t recommended, as it maintains its best looking, carefree habit naturally. If you’d like to shape it a bit, you can do so after it’s done flowering in the early summer.

Other: Some dieback may happen in very cold zones, but it will come up from the ground like a perennial. A layer of mulch will help insulate the plant.

Botanical Name

Itea virginica 'SMNIVDFC' PP#30,233, CBRAF


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade


Moist, Wet

Season of Interest



Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Fragrant, Native


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