Itea virginica, Virginia Sweetspire

Size: shrub, 3-5' average height and spread at maturity

Buds: superposed, upper larger than lower, imbricate, reddish green

Leaves: deciduous, semievergreen or evergreen, alternate, 1.5-4" long, .75-1.25" wide, simple, elliptic to oblong, tips acute or short acuminate, margins usually serrulate, medium to dark green above, often slightly pubescent below, fall colors include vivid reds, purples, yellows, oranges

Twigs: crescent-shaped leaf scars, irregularly chambered white pith

Flowers: monoecious, white, dense upright clusters that are 2-6" long and .625" wide, individual flowers .33-.5" wide, lightly fragrant, bloom in June

Fruit: capsules, .25-.33", with 5 valves, persist through winter

Bark: green to reddish purple