Summersweet Clethra


Botanical Name:  Clethra alnifolia

Common Name: Summersweet Clethra

A deciduous shrub native to swampy woodlands, wet marshes, stream banks and seashores, often found in sandy soils. It is a rounded, suckering, densely-branched shrub noted for producing a mid to late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant white flowers.

Sun, part sun, shade. 

Height: 4-8 ft; Width: 4-6 ft

This is a deciduous woody plant which loses its leaves in the winter. By late September this plant may have brown or discolored leaves with some leaf loss. This is normal in the plant’s life cycle and not a sign of damage or an unhealthy plant. Even though this plant may not have green foliage, fall is still the best time of year to plant deciduous trees and shrubs.

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