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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' (Summersweet)

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For summer color and fragrance,'Ruby Spice' is still the best pink flowered form available. Panicles of medium pink flowers are set off by dark green foliage that turns a clear yellow in fall. Clethra is a native deciduous shrub that will tolerate both dry and wet shade, or full sun.

Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' (Summersweet)

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The best pink flowered form available. Found as a sport or mutation from 'Rosea', but the flower color does not fade to white as does 'Rosea'. Nice dark green foliage.

Additional Information

Name Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' (Summersweet)
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 6-10 ft
Plant Width 6-8 ft
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8
Hardy to Temp -15°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Average, Moist, well-drained, Wet
Bloom Color Pink
Fragrant Yes
Deer Resistant No
Wildlife Value Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
U.S. Native Yes
New Offering No
Genus Clethra
Species alnifolia
Cultivar 'Ruby Spice'
Common Name Pink Summersweet
RareFind Exclusive No
Rare Plant No
Catalog Category Trees, Shrubs & Vines