sweetspire Grossulariaceae Itea
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical, finely serrated, 2 to 4 inches long, 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, green above and slightly paler below.
Flower: White, 1/4 inch across, occurring in terminal arching rachemes, usually quite abundant, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch) elongated, woody capsules occurring in rachemes, appearing in mid-summer and persisting into winter.
Twig: Slender, arching, green turning red in fall; buds small, triangular, leaf scar with 3 bundle scars, chambered pith.
Bark: Smooth, developing splits and turning brown.
Form: Arching, loose shrub, reaching 6 to 8 feet.
Looks like: summersweet clethra
- swamp doghobble
- coast leucothoe
- fetterbush lyonia
| Additional Range Information:
Itea virginica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting sweetspire.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson