Clethra alnifolia

Summersweet Clethra, Sweet Pepperbush

Named for its summer-blooming, fragrant flowers, Summersweet performs best in acid, moist, organic soils. It spreads slowly by suckers to form broad colonies. Blossoms on the current year's growth. Found on the coast from Maine to Florida, this native shrub is salt-tolerant. Plant in full to partial shade in warm summer climates. Mite damage may occur in dry climates. Available in white and pink flowering cultivars.
Clethra alnifolia, Summersweet Clethra, Sweet Pepperbush
Along with the fragrant white variety, two others, with deep pink and with pastel pink flowers, are available. Grow in soil similar to that for Rhododendrons.

Attributes - Clethra alnifolia

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 6 ft. to 10 ft.

Width: 6 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Wet Soil. Fragrant. Susceptible to Spider Mites.

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Clethra alnifolia 'Rosea', Clethra barbinervis
 
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