CRCCD – Summersweet

Description

Clethra alnifolia

CT RG DR P

Soil:  Neutral to Acidic
Moisture:  Average to Wet
Light:  Full to Shade (prefers part sun)
Plant Height:  3 to 10 feet
Plant Width:  4 to 6 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Good as a specimen planting or grouped along foundations and in shrub borders.  Great for moist, low spots and naturalized areas along stream and pond edges.  Excellent for coastal gardens.  Useful for erosion control.

Easy-to-grow, densely-branched shrub with scaly bark and glossy, dark green leaves that turn yellow to golden brown in the fall.  Upright, terminal clusters of sweet-smelling white flowers bloom in mid-to- late summer, giving way to dry, dark brown seed capsules that resemble peppercorns and persist into winter.  Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, especially bumble bees and honey bees.  Spreads by root suckers to form colonies.  Remove suckers unless naturalizing.  Tolerates heavy shade, clay and moderately dry soils, and salt spray.

1 gallon pot

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