Botanical Name: Itea virginica ‘Peter’s Peach Creek’
Common Name: ‘Peter’s Peach Creek’ Sweetspire
Description: This is another excellent nativar of the Sweetspire shrub that I just love. Spikes of long drooping fragrant white flowers bloom in late spring and early summer that are excellent for pollinators like bees. It has a longer flowering season than some of the other Sweetspire natives and nativars, and its nearly evergreen foliage can turn fiery shades of yellow, orange, and red in especially cold winters. Virginia Sweetspire is a naturally suckering, normally deciduous shrub well suited for use in gardens, landscapes, as well as natural areas. It will grow 3-5′ tall x 3-4′ wide.
Use this Sweetspire as a mass planting where its fragrant white flowers and evergreen to fiery colored fall foliage can be enjoyed at its maximum. Even though it is most commonly found in moist areas, Virginia Sweetspire is adaptable to average soil moisture levels once well-established. It can grow in shaded sites but will be the densest growth, the best winter color, and flower the best where it gets more than half of a day of direct sunlight.
Fun Fact: ‘Peter’s Peach Creek’ Virginia Sweetspire is a Peter Loos selection and introduction, originated from along Peach Creek Cut and Shoot, Texas.
This plant in 1-gallon containers is 1-2′ tall and wide.
Hardiness Zones 6 – 9