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Clethra

Clethra can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with mid to dark green, simple leaves and fragrant, white or pink flowers that cluster at branch tips in summer. Whether you elect for the delightful Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet), the slow growing Clethra barbinervis (Japanese Sweet shrub) or the evergreen Clethra arborea (Lily of the Valley Tree), all species will grace your garden and summon you and all your pollinators to partake of their charms.

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Clethra acuminata (Cinnamon Clethra)

Noted for its showy cinnamon-colored bark and fragrant white flowers, Clethra acuminata (Cinnamon Clethra) is a small, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or handsome small tree with an elegant tiered branching habit. In summer, it boasts a profusion of drooping racemes, 3-8 in. long (7-20 cm), packed with pleasantly fragrant, small white bell flowers.

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Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' VANILLA SPICE' (Summersweet)

Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' VANILLA SPICE' (Summersweet) is a compact, slowly spreading, deciduous shrub boasting bottlebrush spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers which bloom for 4-6 weeks in mid to late summer. Each individual flower is quite large, 10-12 in. long (25-30 cm), roughly double the size of other varieties.

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Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (Summersweet)

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (Summersweet) is a gorgeous, compact, slowly spreading, deciduous shrub which features bottlebrush spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers which bloom for 4-6 weeks in mid to late summer.

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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' (Summersweet)

A truly beautiful shrub with distinctive, bright pink, bottlebrush-like, flower spikes, delightfully fragrant and long-lasting (up to six weeks) in mid-late summer. It also provides great fall color with its lustrous dark green leaves turning glowing yellow

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Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet)

Gloriously fragrant, Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) is a slowly spreading, densely-branched, deciduous shrub boasting bottlebrush spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers in mid to late summer.

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Clethra barbinervis (Japanese Clethra)

Slow-growing, Clethra barbinervis (Japanese Clethra) is a large deciduous shrub or handsome small tree of upright-spreading habit boasting large, drooping panicles, 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), of pleasantly fragrant white flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, they nod forward and gently twist in graceful horizontal sprays, when few other shrubs or trees are in bloom.

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