I planted this clethra spring of 2018, it was quart-sized. It more than doubled its size but didn't bloom. This year it's finally starting to bloom...the deer did get to it late spring and munched on many of the buds, much to my dismay, but it has bounced back! It's planted in a difficult place: wet, heavy clay, sun/part sun, and, seems quite happy there.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
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.Fragrant FlowerFall InterestAttracts:ButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:DeerNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:36 - 72 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:36 - 60 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Mid SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses 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.Vanilla Spice® Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' USPP 21,589, Can 4,167
MarciaMissouriUnited States13 weeks ago
I really love this plant so far. I planted it last summer and it came back this spring.Elaine MervauIndianaUnited States8 years ago
Beautiful! Fragrant! Butterflies love it! Grows very well hereLoralea KirbyNew JerseyUnited States8 years ago