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CLETHRA alnifolia

Commonly known as Summersweet, Sweet pepper bush, White alder

White scented species
Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - oval, mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread - 2.5m (8ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - upright, suckering shrub
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Partial shade - or dappled shade.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - wildlife plant - insects, butterflies. Remove some of the old wood from the base in winter leaving the strongest suckers as replacement growth
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - eastern USA.
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - bell-shaped flowers to 1cm (½in) across
  • Racemes - dense, upright, terminal racemes to 15cm (6in) long
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer -
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving -
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Butterfly friendly
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2.5m (8ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)
 

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CLETHRA alnifolia 'Pink Spires'

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Commonly known as: Summersweet, Sweet pepper bush, White alder.
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CLETHRA alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'  AWARD

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