Clethra SugartinaŽ Crystalina

Pepper Bush, Summersweet
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Fragrant Shrub
Fragrant, pristine white flower spikes thrust out from the dark glossy foliage on this densely mounded North American native. Proven Winners selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow. Compact and mounded, covered with 4-6" fragrant flower spikes in the summer, very much like candles rising in the foliage. Fall brings a warm yellow hue to the foliage. Clethera is prized amongst summer flowering shrubs for their ability to bloom in partially shady areas. Road salt tolerant.

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Code CLSU
Patent PP21,561
Plant Type Shrubs
Species alnifolia
Height Medium 2-3'
Spacing Plant 4' apart
Bloom Time Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun / Shade Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones
4-9
Soil Type Normal, Acidic
Water Needs Medium
Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Fragrant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds

Planting Sites

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Good for Hedge
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Clethra General Information

Clethra are upright deciduous shrubs. Foliage turns from deep green to yellow in fall. Will handle both wet and windy seaside locations. Common name refers to its black seed which resembles peppercorns. All have sweetly fragrant flowers, and prefer damp organic soil. Late to wake in the spring. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Clethra Plant Care

No pruning necessary, but shape in spring if desired. Older specimens can be freshened by removing some of the oldest wood as flowering is generally better on younger stems.