Merlot Virginia Sweetspire
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - ShrubGrowth Rate - Medium, fast with adequate nutrition and moisture.Mature Height - 3-3.5'Mature Width - Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Perfect, white, lightly fragrant, 0.33-0.5" diameter, borne in upright, dense, pubescent, 2-6" long and 0.625" wide racemes. Flowers on previous season's wood.Fruit - Five valved capsule, 0.25-0.33" long, narrow, pubescent, persistent into the following year, extremely small seeds.Leaf - Fall Color - Flourescent redBark - Green to reddish purple, glabrous, with a qhite, irregularly chambered pith.Other Features - This cultivar has a compact growth habit and red fall color. The species is a native shrub valued for fragrant flowers at a time when few plants are in flower.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Prefers moist, fertile soils in moist or wet areas. Best flowers when in full sun. Pruning should be done after flowering.Native Habitat - Consistently found in swamps, wet woodlands and along wooded streams. Pine barrens of new jersey to Florida, west to Missouri, Louisana, and east Texas.Diseases and Insects - No serious diseases, though leaf spot may occur.Strength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Sweetspire.- Other plants of the family Grossulariaceae.- Other plants of the genus Itea.- Other plants of the species Itea virginica.