Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia 'Pink Spire'

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Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Pink Spire')
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Genus:  Clethra
Very fragrant, light pink bottlebrush flowers grace this native shrub in late summer and early fall, attracting butterflies and other insects and perfuming the garden for weeks. Plant it in beds or borders, in a woodland or shade garden, or at waterside. It also has nice fall color.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fragrant flowers. Attracts butterflies, bees, and other insects. Eastern U.S. native. Blooms well in shade.
Care:  Grow in full sun to part shade (it will tolerate full shade) and moist to wet, acidic, fertile soil. Prefers a lighter soil, but will tolerate clay. Remove root suckers to prevent unwanted spread.
Propagation:  Root cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Generally trouble-free.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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