summersweet

Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice')
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Genus:  Clethra
This summersweet is a sport of C. alnifolia 'Pink Spires'. Its fragrant, bottlebrush flowers are a darker pink; they attract butterflies, bees, and other insects in late summer and early fall. 'Ruby Spice' grows to about 4 to 6 feet tall and almost as wide, making this shrub suitable for a bed or border, a woodland or shade garden, or a waterside planting. Its yellow fall color extends the season of interest.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fragrant flowers. Attracts butterflies. Tolerates full shade. The species is native to the eastern U.S.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and fertile, preferably acidic, medium to wet soil. Summersweet will tolerate clay soil and full shade.
Propagation:  Take greenwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Infrequent.

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,
Late Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden,
Cottage Garden,
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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