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PlantFiles: Summersweet, Sweet Pepper Bush
Clethra alnifolia 'Rosea'

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Family: Clethraceae
Genus: Clethra (KLEE-thra) (Info)
Species: alnifolia (al-nee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosea

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral berrygirl On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Clethra alnifolia Rosea is one of the best native shrubs for American gardens! Fragrant, late-summer flowers (attractive to butterflies) adorn handsome, deep-green foliage that ignites into flaming yellows and oranges in fall.

Rosea has been exceptionally popular for many years because of its unusual pink-blushed flowers. This plant reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. Dense, compact and somewhat rounded in habit, it possesses a trouble-free disposition. Remarkably pest- and disease-free, it prefers a moist, slightly acidic, sandy soil in sun or light shade, although it tolerates heavy soils and dense shade.

This hardy Summersweet is ideal for large massing and excellent as a foundation plant, especially for problem wet spots and late-summer color when little else is in bloom. Very hardy. Zones 3-9.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marquette Heights, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Buckfield, Maine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
West Chester, Pennsylvania



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