Merlot Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Merlot'

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40420
Fragrant panicles of pure white flowers in early summer adorn slightly arching branches on a dense compact form. Expect a stunning seasonal display of deep wine-red fall foliage that persists into winter. Useful in borders or as an understory foundation shrub. Tolerates damp soils, naturalizing easily in a woodland setting. Attracts butterflies and beneficial insects.
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Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.

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Botanical Pronunciationeye-TEE-uh vir-JIN-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 3-4 ft. tall to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fall Color, Pollenizer, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.
Key FeatureCompact Habit

Prefers rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils; tolerates a wide range of soil conditions including drought and bog when established. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed before new growth begins in spring. Promptly remove root suckers to prevent any unwanted spread.

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