‘Scentlandia’ is a dwarf cultivar of Virginia sweetspire that features more fragrant blooms, excellent fall color, and a compact, rounded habit. (Straight species grows 3-5 feet tall and wide.) Small white flowers are attractive to butterflies and other insect pollinators. In the fall the foliage consistently turns shades of bright oranges and reds.
Itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs and thrives even in wet soils. Prefers moist, humusy soils, but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Itea needs little maintenance. In spring, after new growth begins to emerge, one may remove stems that aren’t showing signs of life but do not prune until you see signs of new growth.
Height: 2-3 ft.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: May to July
Sun: full sun to part shade to shade
Water: medium to wet
According to Rutgers University, Itea are “seldom severely damaged by deer.”
photo credit: Proven Winners
a Proven Winners plant