Clethra barbinervis

Japanese Clethra, Japanese Sweet Shrub, 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 barbinervis, Japanese Clethra, Japanese Sweet Shrub, Sweet Pepperbush
Unusual because of its fragrance and drooping, pendant, white flowers. Its smooth-flaking, polished, gray to rich brown bark stands out in winter.

Attributes - Clethra barbinervis

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 15 ft. to 20 ft.

Width: 8 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Scales.

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Clethra alnifolia, Clethra alnifolia 'Rosea'
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