Clethra is an interesting and fun native shrub that is useful in a number of circumstances due to its tolerance of shade and wet conditions. It grows to around 3-4 ft. tall/wide and in late summer it transforms with bunches of upright 2-6" inch panicle flowers, which butterflies and pollinators love.
|Bloom Color:||Panicles of Pink Flowers|
|Bloom Period:||Mid-Late Summer|
|Genus & Species:||Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'|
|Mature Height:||3-4 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||3-4 ft.|
|Plant Spacing:||4 to 5 ft.|
|Planting Depth:||Even with base of the plant|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall planting|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable to many soil types|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to part shade|
|Zone:||4 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Ruby Spice Clethra - Summersweet
A great low-maintenance native plant that pollinators love. Prefers medium, well-drained soil, but is adaptable to many soil types and will tolerate wet conditions (not standing water) once established. Best shape if left unpruned and requires very little to no maintenance - although suckers may appear around plant and require pruning.