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Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Scarlet Beauty'

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Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Scarlet Beauty') at The Growing Place

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire flowers

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire flowers

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Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Scarlet Beauty') at The Growing Place

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Scarlet Beauty') at The Growing Place

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire in fall

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1a

Description:

A terrific new selection that has proven to be hardier and tolerant to dry periods; exhibits dense racemes of white flowers in early summer and a spectacular scarlet display of foliage in the fall; an excellent border shrub

Ornamental Features

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire has racemes of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early summer. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth brown bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Scarlet Beauty Virginia Sweetspire will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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