Clethra alnifolia Vanilla Spice®

Pepper Bush, Summersweet, White Alder

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Dark green glossy foliage makes the perfect backdrop for the long, fragrant spikes of pure white extra large flowers. Mid-summer fragrance is wonderful on a warm evening outdoors. 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 shady areas. Road salt tolerant.

Details

Item Code: CLVS
Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 3-6'
Spacing: Plant 4' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal
Flower: White
Accent: White
Patent: #21589 'Caleb'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Fragrant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • 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.

Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow.

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.