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Clethra alnifolia

Summersweet Clethra
Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Height: Minimum 4 feet , Maximum 8 feet
Width: Minimum 4 feet , Maximum 6 feet
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Grown for their strong fragrant flowers. Clethra is an upright, deciduous, slow growing shrub that suckers close to the mother plant, forming a dense clump that usually gets 4-6' tall. Leaves are oval, mid-green and turn yellow in autumn. In late summer small bell-shaped flowers appear on 4-6" upright racemes and last up to six weeks. We have several large bushes of it in our gardens here, and it is a beautiful sight in late summer when the season is winding down. Full sun to part shade.
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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:24 PM

So fragrant is this spicily-scented eastern native shrub that it was also called "Sailor's Delight" by those who could smell it far out to sea!; 3-6' with glossy leaves that turn a nice yellow in fall. Sun-PSh/Med-Wet


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:24 PM

Spires of fragrant white flowers in mid summer add a richness to the border, when others shrubs have finished blooming. Deciduous shrub 4-6' tall and wide.


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