Clethra alnifolia 'SEPTEMBER BEAUTY'

Clethra alnifolia
Clethra alnifolia 'SEPTEMBER BEAUTY'
summer sweet, sweet pepper bush
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.3-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
Hedging plants

September Beauty is a late flowering variety of summer sweet (sweet pepper bush). This deciduous shrub has been popular for quite a few decades and its new varieties attract more and more attention. No wonder – imagine a profusely flowering shrub like this in late August and early September when most other plants are finishing their blooming period. Flowers are small, white, and sweetly fragrant, and composed in erect racemes.

Oval leaves are deciduous, mid-green, 3-6 cm long, finely serrated. For dense foliage it does not like being shaded by other, smaller companion plants very near. September Beauty is a compact variety, yet we suggest pruning it lightly every spring to achieve a densely branched, well-behaving shrub.

Grow it in acid, fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It tolerates wet and heavy clay soil but hates drought. Fully hardy to about -34°C or more (USDA zone 4).

Last update 18-03-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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