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Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles'

Summersweet Clethra
Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Height: Minimum 30 feet , Maximum 60 feet
Width: Minimum 2 feet , Maximum 4 feet
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Selected from a group of seedlings in Michael Dirr's garden for its compactness and erect flower structures, "just like the candles on a birthday cake." After 7 years this selection is only 30" high and 42" wide. The glossy green leaves set off the glowing white plumes, 4 to 6 " long. The blooms open in late June or early July and maintain their elegance over a long bloom period.
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

This selection from a batch of 'Hummingbird' seedlings is very compact and heavy flowering. Holds its 4-6" spikes of white, fragrant flowers rigidly upright. Like all summer sweets, it tolerates shade and damp soil. Yellow fall foliage color. Selected by woody plant expert Michael Dirr.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

Selected by Mike Dirr, this improved 'Hummingbird' forms a dense 2' mound with larger (but just as fragrant!) mid-summer white flower "candles" followed by yellow fall color; enjoy it in container or border. SUN/Med-Wet

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3 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

Listing Key

Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Blue Heron Farm Corvallis, OR Email now 541-754-4224 Container: 2
Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd. Mission, BC Email now 604-826-3537 Container: X Liner: X
Youngblood Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-8619 Container: 2