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Tried and True Native Plant Selections
for the Mid-Atlantic
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Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia-willow)
Fragrant, showy four-inch spires of white blossoms fall from arching stems in late spring. In autumn, the leaves of Virginia Sweetspire turn a vibrant red to orange. This native* favorite has graceful open growth habit and performs best in partial shade with moist soil.
*It is native to DC and to NoVA (except for Loudoun County) although it is rare in the outer Piedmont. It is common in the Coastal Plains of DE and VA. It is extirpated in PA.
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Tried and True Native Plant Fact Sheets