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Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)


Summersweet 'Hummingbird'(Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird')

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

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Another North American Native plants that's often found growing in wetland areas. Favored for its fragrant, spiky flower stalks. Summersweet is a good choice for areas that drain poorly. Also called the Sweet Pepper Bush.

  • USDA Zones: 4 - 9
  • Height: 5 - 8', Spacing: 4 - 6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun / Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: Late spring
  • Flower Color: White. Long racemes that stand above the foliage. Fragrant.
  • Foliage: Green, Yellow in fall
  • Growing Tips: Prefers moist, slightly acidic soil. Doesn't do well in hot, dry locations. Slow to establish, but easy growing afterwards. Blooms on new growth. Prune in late fall or early spring.
  • Notes: Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Birds will eat the seedheads.
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