Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Clethra alnifolia

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Sweet Pepperbush
Pollinator Magnet
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
Light Preference:
Sun to Part Sun
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
$45.50/3 gal., some smaller

Clethra alnifolia, known as summersweet, or sweet pepperbush is a native, deciduous upright shrub that typically grows between 4 and 8 feet tall and slowly spreads by sending up new shoots from rhizomes to form a small thicket. The species or taller selections can be grown as low hedges or as back of the garden border plants. Smaller cultivars combine well with perennials in the garden.  It is tolerant of both, infertile or acid, wet and dry soils.

Use as specimen shrub or woodland gardens. Valued for summer blooming fragrant white spirelike clusters. Different varieties such as "Hummingbird"( 3'-4'), "Ruby Spice, "Rosea", and "Sixteen Candles" are variously available, depending upon our repotting schedule and demand.

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Missouri Botanical Garden

Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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