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Clethra Ruby Spice

 
 

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Compact size, unique flowering shrub. Clethra Ruby Spice prefers part shade and consistently moist, acidic soil. A great choice for woodland gardens. This shrub can naturalize over time. Native to swampy woodlands, wetlands and along river banks. Rose pink blooms in late summer. (Clethra alnifolia)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Fragrant
Fragrant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 48-72" tall (4-6 feet), 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 4" pot
SKU AFLUT41

Plant Information

Clethra alnifolia also commonly known as summersweet, is a unique flowering shrub. Clethra Ruby Spice prefers part shade and consistently moist, acidic soil and sandy soil (although should never fully dry out). A great choice for woodland gardens, wet marshes, stream banks, and seashores. This shrub grows well as a hedge, planted as groupings and or borders. Clethra will naturalize over time, removing root suckers will limit growth unless that is the desired look. Native to swampy woodlands, wetlands and along river banks. Rose pink blooms in late summer. Grows to be roughly 4 to 6 feet and blooms mid-summer to late summer. It produces a lovely fragrance that butterflies and bees love.

SKU AFLUT41
Common Name Summersweet Shrub
Botanical Name Clethra alnifolia
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 48-72" tall (4-6 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Fragrant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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