Coastal Sweetpepperbush, Summer-sweet, Sweet Pepper Bush, Summer Sweet, Summersweet Clethra Clethra alnifolia

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Botanical Name:

Clethra alnifolia

Family:

Clethraceae

Genus:

Clethra

Species:

alnifolia

Common Name:

Coastal Sweetpepperbush, Summer-sweet, Sweet Pepper Bush, Summer Sweet, Summersweet Clethra

Height:
6 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
4

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  • Clethra alnifolia

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed, cover lightly, keep moist, Germ. within 1 to 3 mos. at 13 c.
In a Nutshell:
* An oval shrub with pleasing dark green leaves and very fragrant white flowers in upright terminal racemes in late summer, does well in heavy shade, yellow or golden brown fall color, may expand by suckering to form colonies, likes moist soil.
* The plants tolerate clipping and make an attractive informal hedge.
* The stalk of the blossom is used as a soap substitute. more...
* Clethra alnifolia ( Sweet Pepperbush , Anne Bidwell or Summersweet ), is a flowering plant in the genus Clethra , native to eastern North America from southern Nova Scotia and Maine south to northern Florida , and west to eastern Texas . more...