Itea virginica “Saturnalia”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Virginia sweetspire
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Grossulariaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 4 to 5 ft.
Coloring- White
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium to wet
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to full shade. Prefers damp, humusy soils, but tolerates wide range of soil conditions. Naturalizes by root suckers to form large colonies if left unchecked.
This Virginia sweetspire cultivar is an erect, rounded, broad-spreading, deciduous shrub with arching branches. Typically grows 3-4” (less frequently to 5”) tall with a similar spread. Features fragrant, tiny white flowers borne in cylindrical, drooping racemes (3-6’ long) which cover the shrub with bloom in late spring to early summer. Oval, dark green leaves (1-4’ long) turn varying shades of red, orange and gold in autumn. Long period of fall color, with leaves often persisting on the plants until early winter. Cultivar name of “Saturnalia” is in reference to the ancient Roman festival of the same name held on or about December 17 in celebration of the winter solstice.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
Specimen or group. Moist, sunny or shady areas of shrub borders or woodland gardens. Naturalize in wild areas or along stream or ponds. Hedge. Foundation plant.