Itea virginica

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Itea virginica, Linn. Virginian Willow. Fig. 2000. A shrub, 1 ス-6 ft. high, usually not more than 2-3 ft. high, of upright, somewhat slender habit: lvs. deciduous, alternate, oblong, pointed, minutely serrate, smooth green above, pale and slightly pubescent below, petioled, without stipules, 1-3 in. long: fls. fragrant, white, in solitary, erect, hairy, simple, dense, terminal racemes 2-6 in. long, given a greenish white effect by the stamens and pistils, not particularly showy, appearing late June and July. Pa. and N. J. to Fla. and La. B.M. 2409.—In nature it inhabits low, wet places. In cult, it seems to adapt itself to almost any soil. It is not perfectly hardy N., but grows rapidly and seems enduring of both sun and shade. In ornamental use it is planted in masses or mixed with other shrubs of similar character in the shrubby border or at the edge of woods. Its somewhat coarse character does not favor its approach to more refined objects. In autumn it becomes a brilliant red. It is prop, from seed, by cuttings and by division of roots, which spread slowly and form clumps of sts. It may be collected from the wild.

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