First Snow® Japanese Clethra

Clethra barbinervis 'Takeda Nishiki'

Extraordinary variegated foliage cloaks this superb upright shrub or small tree. Pendulous racemes of lightly fragrant flowers appear in mid to late summer. Persistent dark brown seed capsules and distinctive, polished tri-colored bark on mature plants provides cool-season interest. Deciduous.
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Requires regular watering- weekly or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationKLEE-thra bar-BIN-ner-viss
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and 10 to 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth HabitRounded
Landscape UseVery Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsRequires regular watering- weekly or more often in extreme heat.

Provide moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil. Thrives in part sun to dappled shade. May be hardy to zone 5 in locations if sheltered from harsh winter winds.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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