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Itea virginica ‘Merlot’

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An unusual, colourful and deciduous small shrub, Itea virginica 'Merlot' has racemes of creamy white flowers in June and lovely purple-orange autumn colour. The flowers stand out very well against the bright green leaves in the summer time.

Although this compact, hardy Itea will grow in partial shade, the best autumn colour is generally seen when planted in a position with lots of sunlight.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 50 cm tall)

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Itea virginica  ‘Merlot’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy. Itea virginica 'Merlot' appreciates shelter from strong winter winds.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Small, compact rounded shrub.
Height: up to 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)

Notes: Itea virginica 'Merlot' is fairly drought tolerant and is considered a good plant for use as erosion control on slopes.

Plant Finder: about Itea virginica ‘Merlot’

Common names

Virginia Sweetspire 'Merlot'


Itea virginica ‘Merlot’ (Virginia Sweetspire 'Merlot'). This shrub produces racemes of small, fragrant white flowers on arching branches and has dark green, willow-like leaves which turn a bright crimson red, purple and orange in the autumn.


Grow in full sun for the best autumn colour and shelter from cold winds.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for autumn colour in borders and sunny patches in the woodland garden.

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Itea virginica  ‘Merlot’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

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