Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
Clethra alnifolia.
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Clethra alnifolia.

  • Also known as 'Summersweet' this lovely medium sized shrub is perfect for bringing late summer colour to the garden.
  • Becomes smothered in pink bottlebrush flowers in late summer and autumn which are sweetly fragrant and very attractive to butterflies and bees.
  • Happy in shady areas so useful for those awkward shady corners.
  • Easy to care for needing just an occasional light trim to shape.
  • Supplied as established small plants in 9cm pots.

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Also known as 'Summersweet' this lovely medium sized shrub is perfect for bringing late summer colour to the garden.

Producing an abundance of pink, bottlebrush flowers in late summer and autumn. Not only do the flowers look incredible bursting from the glossy deep-green foliage, but they also bear a mesmerising sweet fragrance that is highly attractive to butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators and garden visitors. Your garden will be buzzing with life throughout summer!

Clethra are very easy to grow and maintain and is both happy in full sun but will also tolerate full shade so it's a great choice for those awkward shady corners. It prefers acidic soil so we recommend incorporating plenty of peat or ericaceous compost for best results, especially when growing in a container.

Easy to care for needing just an occasional light trim to shape, these are trouble free but offering big rewards!

Supplied as established plants in 9cm pots, ready for immediate planting out. 1 each of:

Clethra alnifolia 'Pink Spire' sweetly scented pale pink fragrant flowers. H250cm x W250cm. Fl July - September.

Clethra anifolia 'Ruby Spice' sweet clove fragranced rosy pink flowers. H150cm x W150cm. Fl July - September.

What Is Supplied

Item 511040 supplied as:
Supplied as 2 established plants in 9cm pots, ready to plant.

Plant Care Information

Scented / Fragrant
Scented / Fragrant
Plant In Shade
Plant In Shade
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Pot-grown shrubs can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen. If in doubt, err towards spring but remember to keep pots well-watered so that the soil does not dry out.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Clethra

  • Grow in full sun to partial shade - plants will even tolerate full shade.
  • Prefers moist, well drained soil that is on the acidic side.
  • Dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill once the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots and add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball, and water well.

 

Aftercare advice for Clethra

  • Keep plants well-watered until established.

 

Pruning Advice for Clethra

  • Prune only to remove diseased and damaged parts of the shrub.
  • Remove root suckers to prevent unwanted spread.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Planting Time
Flowering Time
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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
250 cm
250 cm
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