Stretching across the United States, the Itea virginica or the Virginia sweetspire is a shrub characterized by simple leaves and delicate white flowers that bloom in summer. In summer, leaf color is medium to dark green and in autumn it achieves a brilliant and lasting assortment of yellow, orange, crimson, and maroon. The sweetspire grows best in full sun but can flourish in partial shade in fertile and moist soil of varying pH levels. It is generally uninhabited by pests and is also deer and drought resistant. It is useful if you desire early summer bloom and perfect for fall foliage as it is both deciduous and semi-evergreen; it also attracts butterflies when in bloom.
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