Clethra alnifolia Vanilla Spice

Pepper Bush, Summersweet, White Alder

Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 3-6' (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 / Accent: White / White
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

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.

Features to Note:

  • Fragrant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Web Exclusive
  • Good for Hedge
  • For a Slope or Bank

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.

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.

$15.95 ea.
(3+) $15.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: CLVS