Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, average, loam, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, clumping, colonizing, fall interest, fragrant flowers
Pricing & Availability
Clethra acuminataAlso known as:
Clethra acuminata is a deciduous shrub that usually grows to a height of 12', occasionally to a height of 20' or more, at which point it can be considered a small tree. It is multi-branched, with a dense form, and bears abundant terminal racemes of white, bell-shaped flowers that emit a spicy, peppery fragrance. The flowers are borne mid-summer, and are followed by brown seed capsules that persist through winter. Its pealing reddish bark is particularly visually appealing and led to the common name "cinnamonbark clethra". Fall foliage is golden-colored.
Mountain sweetpepperbush a very attractive and easy to grow deciduous shrub. It is ideal for small spaces, in full sun to part-shade, in average to rich well-drained soil. Established plants are tolerant of dry conditions. It can be used in grouped plantings, or to naturalize large areas, were its tendency to produce suckers will rapidly lead to the formation of beautiful thickets. Zones 6-7
Propagate from seed, with no pretreatment. May also be propagated from softwood cuttings.
This species is underutilized and rarely found in cultivation. It is an excellent alternative to crepe myrtles, with the additional benefit of producing fragrant flowers that are attractive to pollinators.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, GA, KY, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
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