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Itea virginica ‘Merlot’

Virginia Sweetspire 'Merlot'

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height1.5m
  • Spread1.5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green, red, purple, orange

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

USA

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • 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

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood cuttings in the summer.

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