- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 3-5' tall
- Mature Width: 3-5' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 3-5' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Virginia Sweetspire?
Sprummer! That glorious time of year that bridges spring and summer. The birds are singing and the weather is warm—it has not yet become oppressively hot. Now is the time to spend lazy hours outside, soaking it all in. Pull up a lawn chair next to your Virginia Sweetspire then! Late May and early June is when it churns out its fragrant, pendulous spires of starry white blossoms, which attract butterflies in droves. Plant this easygoing Accent en masse in your wildlife-friendly garden, where it will nourish native pollinators in sprummer and beautify the landscape all year long.
Virginia Sweetspire is a part of our natural heritage, a charming Accent that’s native throughout most of the southeastern states and extending into Pennsylvania. Despite the fact that it is native here, however, the plant went virtually unnoticed by gardeners for ages. It was only in the 1980s that Virginia Sweetspire started to show up in garden centers. The reason it was overlooked for so long was because in the wild it can be a rather rangy shrub. Given a little love, it becomes a fine, floriferous Accent that you will be proud to have in your garden.
How to use in the landscape?
Virginia Sweetspire does not only shine in summer, but in fall as well! For two full months—weather permitting—the leaves transform from bright green to burgundy and red tones, often with splashes of gold and orange thrown in. In very mild climates, some red leaves may hang on well into winter.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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How To Plant
In the wild, Virginia Sweetspire grows in wet woods, where it may get ungainly as it reaches toward the light. In the landscape, you can encourage neater, more compact growth by planting it in full sun or light shade. Soggy soil is great, but not a necessity; Virginia Sweetspire is surprisingly drought tolerant. Overall, this is an easy, worry-free shrub. In recent years, it has been planted along highways and in medians with success, despite receiving very little attention in those situations. This plant spreads by suckers to make a slowly expanding patch, but it is not overly aggressive in its growth.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9