Plant Family / Clethra


Clethra Alnifolia 'Ruby Spice', Sweet Pepper Bush 'Ruby Spice', Sweet Pepperbush 'Ruby Spice', Summer Sweet 'Ruby Spice', Summersweet 'Ruby Spice', clethra barbinervis, Japanese Sweet shrub,Clethra arborea, Lily of the Valley Tree


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 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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