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Sweet
Pepper Bush


Clethra


Description:
In the garden they thrive in part shade or even full sun if given adequate moisture.  Will work great in wet, shaded or sunny locations.  The flowers have a spicy scent and attract many bees.

 

Common Name: Sweet Pepperbush, Summer Sweet
Botanical Name: Clethra
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil Preference: Will tolerate wet soils, flooding and some salt.  Prefers a pH of acidic to slightly alkaline.
Light Requirements: Full sun, partial sun, partial shade
Attributes: Pest tolerant, likes moist soils, wetlands plant, attracts butterflies, serves as a butterfly nectar source
Pests: none serious (mites in dry weather)
Diseases: none serious
Care: Fertilize with Holly-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer as recommended.

Planting Instructions: Trees & Shrubs
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Clethra alnifolia
Sweet Pepperbush, Summer Sweet
zones 4a-10a
 
Description:  White fragrant, spiked flowers bloom in July.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 3-6'


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Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'
Sweet Pepperbush, Summer Sweet
zones 4a-10a
 
Description:  The white flowers are bottlebrush shaped, intensely fragrant - a valuable trait on a late flowering shrub.  The fall color is bright yellow.  This variety was a 1994 Gold Medal Plant by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for being a plant of exceptional merit.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: July
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 2-3'


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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'
Sweet Pepperbush, Summer Sweet
zones 4a-10a
 
Description:  Vibrant pink buds open to non-fading fragrant, reddish pink flowers.  Lustrous dark green foliage on a compact plant.  Yellow fall color.  This variety was a Cary (New England region) award winner for the year of 2000 because the flowers last up to 6 weeks.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: July
Foliage Color: Green; yellow fall color
Height: 3-6'
Spread: 4-5'
 

 


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