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CLETHRA alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Commonly known as Summersweet, Sweet pepper bush, White alder

Blue green foliage and rich pink flowers
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Shiny, oval leaves to 10cm (4in) long
  • Shades of pink
    All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
    Rich pink
  • Height
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    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

CLETHRA alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - insects, butterflies.
    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 10cm (4in) long
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Serrulate
    (see photos above)
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus-rich
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Butterfly friendly
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2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)
 

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