- Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
- Mature Spread 3 - 4 Feet
- Growing Zones 5 - 9
The Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire creates a natural focal point throughout the growing season. Fragrant white flowers grow in 4- to 6-inch long wands and give the plant a unique texture. Deep green foliage has a leathery texture and transforms to a dark, vibrant red during the fall. The Itea virginica provides long-lasting fall color.
Feature this plant in a butterfly garden because the white blooms are a draw for pollinators. Leave the blooms in place, and birds will stop by to eat the seeds later in the growing season. Sweetspire thrives in beds, borders, or mass plantings. This adaptable plant can live in various conditions, from dry to damp. The Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire is native to North America, and once this shrub has had time to acclimate, it will thrive with little attention when grown in USDA zones 5 through 9.
Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire Care
Plant in moist but well-drained acidic soil. This shrub needs full sun to partial shade, although expect best results and more vibrant foliage color when grown in full sun. New plants need one inch of water per week but, once established, are somewhat drought-tolerant. Plants grown in warm climates will need more frequent watering.
Apply a balanced fertilizer each spring to support flower and foliage production. Pruning is not generally necessary, but you can trim the plant to maintain the shape or size. This cultivar blooms on old wood, so prune as soon as the flowers fade to ensure abundant blooms next year.
Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire Spacing
The Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire is an upright plant that will grow 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. Create a continuous planting by spacing shrubs 2 to 4 feet apart.
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Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
|Plant Type: Bushes
|Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
|Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
|Mature Spread: 4 - 5 Feet
|Spacing: 4 - 5 Feet
|Flower Color(s): White
|Bloom Period: Late Spring - Early Summer
|Foliage Type: Deciduous, Variegated
|Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
|Foliage Description: Variegated
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
|Resists: Deer, Disease
|Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
|Uses: Borders, Wildlife Gardens
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Native to North America, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer
|Common Name: Fountains of Rouge™ Virginia Sweetspire
|Scientific Name: ITEA VIRGINICA `FOUNTAINS OF ROUGE`
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.