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Merlot Sweetspire

A compact and colorful shrub
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Merlot Sweetspire

A compact and colorful shrub

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  • Long white floral racimes in spring
  • Deep burgundy foliage in fall and lasts through winter
  • One of the smallest, most dense sweetspires available
  • Zone 5-9
  • Height 36 - 48 inches
  • Flowering Date Mid-Late Summer
  • Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Ship As DORMANT 3.5" POT

We ship this item in Spring.

Cannot ship to: AE AK GU HI PR

Product Description

This sweet itea features fizzy sprigs of flowers in spring and burgundy foliage in fall. Merlot is a cultivar of Virginia Sweetspire, an Itea plant native to the southeastern US. A multi-season shrub, Merlot features dark red fall foliage that carries from late summer into winter. In springtime, long racemes of fragrant, pure-white flowers arch gracefully attracting butterflies and pollinators. Compact in height and beautifully dense, Merlot prefers partial shade and moist soil conditions. One of the most compact of the sweetspires, its habit makes it perfect in understory plantings, short hedges, or as a container plant. Itea virginica 'Merlot'

Product Details

  • Botanical Name:

    Ites virginica 'Merlot'
  • Form: Shrub
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 36 - 48 inches
  • Spread: 30 - 36 inches
  • Spacing: 36 inches
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Flowering Date: Mid-Late Summer
  • Shipped: DORMANT 3.5" POT
  • Shipping Season: Spring
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Form: Long racemes of white flowers
  • Resistance: Deer Resistant
  • Pruning: Prune sucker shoots in early spring if necessary.
  • Soil Requirement: Consistently moist
  • Watering Requirement: Water regularly, particularly in hot conditions
  • Restricted States: AE AK GU HI PR


When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2022 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Most Dormant Bareroot & Potted Perennials, and Shrubs
1A-3B 5/2/22 - 6/3/22
4A-4B 5/2/22 - 6/3/22
5A 4/11/22 - 6/3/22
5B 3/28/22 - 6/3/22
6A 3/14/22 - 6/3/22
6B 2/28/22 - 6/3/22
7A 2/24/22 - 6/3/22
7B 2/21/22 - 6/3/22
8A 2/17/22 - 5/13/22
8B 2/14/22 - 5/13/22
9A-10B 2/7/22 - 5/13/22
Last Order Date Zones 1A - 7B: 5/30/22
Zones 8A - 10B: 5/9/22

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