Ruby Spice Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

SKU
02753
Fragrant spikes of small rich rose-pink flowers stand above glossy green foliage in the summer. Compact habit makes this a good choice for small gardens in shrub borders and mixed into perennial borders. Deciduous.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical PronunciationKLEE-thra al-nee-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturitySlow-growing to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitFountain
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Dogwood (Cornus); Aster (Aster); Ninebark (Physocarpus)

Provide moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil; avoid hot, dry sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in early spring. Blooms on current season's growth; prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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