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Clethra alnifolia ‘Summer Sparkler’

Clethra alnifolia ‘Summer Sparkler’

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Clethra alnifolia, commonly called summersweet, is a deciduous shrub that is native to swampy woodlands, wet marshes, stream banks and seashores, often in sandy soils, along the coast. It is a rounded, suckering, densely-branched, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6’ tall and is noted for producing a mid to late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant white flowers which appear in narrow, upright panicles.  Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees.
  • Type: Deciduous shrub
  • Native
  • Zone: 3 to 9
  • Height: 2-4 feet
  • Spread: 3-5 feet
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Bloom Description: Creamy white
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium to wet
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Suggested Use: Hedge, Naturalize, Rain Garden
  • Flower: Showy, Fragrant
  • Leaf: Good Fall
  • Attracts: Butterflies, bees
  • Fruit: Showy
  • Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil