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Clethra alnifolia - Summersweet


USDA Zones 4 - 9

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Does best in partial shade

Likes an acidic soil. Is moderately salt tolerant, and can be grown near the beach. Can take poorly drained, moist soils, but once established it thrives on drier, well drained soils

Regular water

Spreading deciduous shrub that gets 4-8 feet (1.2-2.4 m) tall

Blooms in summer with showy clusters of fragrant little white flowers


Use in a mixed shrub hedge or border. Can be pruned to maintain a small size, or allowed to grow naturally - it will probably never exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) in height. Summersweet has a wonderful fragrance, showy flowers, attracts butterflies, grows in the shade, blooms in mid summer, has nice fall color, and stays small.


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