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A picture of a Sweetspire


Itea spp.

Itea ilicifolia 4 by Leonora Enking (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Sweetspire

A photo of Sweetspire
A close up of some white Itea flowers
A green Itea plant in a garden
A photo of Sweetspire
A close up of an Itea plant with green leaves and white flower buds

Sweetspire Overview

Itea is a genus of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees in the Iteaceae family. Native to Eastern Asia and North America, this genus contains roughly 17 accepted species. They are cultivated for their racemes of tiny, scented, white, cream or greenish flowers that can be upright or long and pendant in habit. Commonly known as sweetspire, these plants are hardy to -15 degrees Celsius and they prefer a sheltered position in full sun to partial shade.

How to propagate Sweetspire


Propagation is by softwood cuttings in the summer.

Special features of Sweetspire

Attractive flowers

Autumn colour

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Sweetspire

Grown for their foliage and flowers. Summer interest.