The Virginia Sweetspire typically blooms in late spring or early summer, producing small, white flowers. The mildly fragrant flowers make a woodsy smell. However, these plants are valued more for their fall foliage than for either their blossoms’ appearance or aroma. Undoubtedly, the outstanding feature of Virginia Sweetspires is the burgundy color of their autumn leaves. Full exposure to sun light will ensure this shrub’s full, deep-red color in autumn, but the Sweetspire can tolerate partial shade. Virginia Sweetspire shrubs reach about 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide at maturity.