Go Back Hummingbird Summersweet

Clethra Alnifolia
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Plant Type: Deciduous Shrubs

This dwarf form of summersweet is a carefree shrub with glossy, deep-green leaves that turn vibrant yellow in fall. Bottlebrushlike clusters of tiny, fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers appear in late summer, making this compact, shade-loving shrub a favorite of bees and butterflies.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Prefers moist, slightly acidic soil. Doesn't do well in hot, dry locations. Slow to establish, but easy growing afterwards. Blooms on new growth. Prune in late fall or early spring.

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Green, yellow in fall

Plant Spread

5-8 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. wide

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