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Clethra alinifolia /Sweet Pepperbush

Clethra alinifolia  / Clethra alinifolia
Typical shrub in late summer with seed pods persisting
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Typical shrub in late summer with seed pods persisting

Shrub in early flowering stage

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Scientific Name: Clethra alinifolia
Common Name: Sweet Pepperbush
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Creamy white, fragrant flowers with presistant styles. This plant is reported to grow in low, heavy, poorly drained soils. Clump forming, increasing in size by underground stems to form colonies. Well adapted for naturalistic settings. Bees attracted to the flowers. Blooms over an extended period during the summer months.