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Sugartina® 'Crystalina' Summersweet Clethra alnifolia

  • Hardy Zones
    • 4 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 30 - 36 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
Sugartina® 'Crystalina' Summersweet Clethra alnifolia
Part Sun to Sun 30 - 36


Fragrant white flowers in mid-summer. Yellow fall color. Native. Attracts butterflies. Dwarf.

Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Native to North America
Small or Miniature


Plant Type: 
Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
30 - 36 Inches
36 - 48 Inches
28 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Uses Notes: 

Excellent for mixed borders or woodland gardens. Can also be used in wildlife gardens. Its small size makes it a good fit for narrow beds or smaller gardens. Also good as a foundation plant.

Maintenance Notes: 

Little care is needed for this plant. It may be pruned to shape in late winter/early spring. It holds its tight, dense shape so heavy pruning is rarely needed. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring.  Tolerates damp soils.

Add some fragrance to your late summer garden! 

This dwarf summersweet has very fragrant pure white flowers that attract butterflies in mid-summer. It has dark glossy foliage and holds its tight dense shape without pruning. The dark green foliage turns yellow in fall. An excellent native plant for the home landscape.

Sugartina® 'Crystalina' Clethra alnifolia USPP 21,561, Can 4,160
  • Was delivered healthy and packaged very well. Out of all the shrubs I planted this one has the most new growth in the shortest time. I have only had it for a month or so but it is thriving in North Carolina.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    1 year ago
  • Wondering how long before new growth, (leaves) begin on previous years plant?

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Robin Brening
    6 years ago
  • This bush was given to me as a dead stick. It has been transplanted twice and is beautiful. Smells great and the deer never touch it.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Deborah Hartline
    7 years ago
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