Clethra alnifolia

Clethra alnifolia
Clethra alnifolia 
summersweet, sweet pepper bush
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME July - August
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
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Sweet pepper bush or summersweet is a deciduous shrub from the east coast of USA, occurring in moist locations to wetlands, and on stream banks. It is a trouble-free plant which is becoming popular again in our country thanks to its strongly scented flowers and fresh green foliage.

Summersweet is a medium-sized shrub producing profusion of flowers composed in upright racemes 10-15 cm long which open in July and August. They have a lovely, strong, sweet fragrance, hence its name. Oval leaves are deciduous, mid-green, upto 10 cm long, finely serrated, and look a bit like hydrangea leaves. For dense foliage it does not like being shaded by other, smaller companion plants too close. It naturally forms a bushy, upright growing shrub which makes it an ideal choice for multi-species informal hedge. Pruning can be done in early spring, you can cut up to 30% of previous year’s growth.

Grow it in acid, fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Young plants can be planted in partly wet conditions while older plants needs good drainage not to rot before they establish. Then they can cope with occasional flooding, too. Fully hardy to -34°C or more (USDA zone 4).

Last update 26-09-2019
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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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