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Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Clethra alnifolia

  • Hardy Zones
    • 4 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 72 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Clethra alnifolia
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 72

Features

Fragrant summer bloomer with extra large white flowers. Attracts Butterflies. Deer resistant. Native.

Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Attracts: 
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resists: 
Deer
Native to North America

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
36 - 72 Inches
Spacing: 
60 - 72 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 60 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

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

Ideal for mixed borders and naturalizing, especially wet and semi-shady sites.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prune to shape in late winter. Fertilize with a controlled release fertilizer in spring. Supplemental fertilizing with liquid fertilizer may be needed in summer. Tolerates damp soils.

Extra large, fragrant summer blooms.

This delightful, deer-resistant native plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. The attractive, glossy dark green leaves set off the pure white summer flowers.  The flowers are wonderfully fragrant!  Plant it near the deck or patio to enjoy the sweet scent in mid-summer.  Selected for its extra large flowers - individual florets are roughly double the size of other varieties.

Vanilla Spice® Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' USPP 21,589, Can 4,167
  • I really love this plant so far. I planted it last summer and it came back this spring.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Elaine Mervau
    Indiana
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Beautiful! Fragrant! Butterflies love it! Grows very well here

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Loralea Kirby
    New Jersey
    United States
    5 years ago
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