Clethra alnifolia

Summersweet Clethra, Sweet Pepperbush

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - slow
Mature Height - 4-8'
Mature Width - 4-6'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Perfect, white, 5-petaled, delightfully fragrant, 0.33" across, July into August. Borne on current season's growth in 2-6" long upright panicles.
Fruit - Dry, 3-valved, dehiscent, pubescent capsule, 0.125" in diameter. Persists through winter.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Pale yellow to rich golden brown mid-October through mid-November.
Bark - Brown, pubescent, rounded or obscurely 3-sided; light brown, continuous pith.
Other Features - Late flowers can be an asset to the summer garden.
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Moist, acid soil, partial shade or full sun.
Native Habitat - Maine to Florida to coastal Texas.
Diseases and Insects - Tremendously pest-free, although mite damage can be seen in dry conditions.
Strength -
Weakness -

Plants of this taxon:
Bed 86

Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Clethra.
- Other plants of the family Clethraceae.
- Other plants of the genus Clethra.
- Other plants of the species Clethra alnifolia.