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Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Clethra alnifolia

(3 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
72" 60"
Height
36 - 72"
Spread
36 - 60"
  • Details

    Features

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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Light Requirement: 
    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.

    Vanilla Spice® Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' USPP 21,589, Can 4,167
  • 3 Reviews

    • 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.

      Marcia
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 45 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I really love this plant so far. I planted it last summer and it came back this spring.

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

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