Mass planting of Clethra Hummingbird lining garden bed

‘Hummingbird’

Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia

'Hummingbird'

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Mass planting of Clethra Hummingbird lining garden bed
  • Native to North America
  • Fragrant
  • Deer resistant
Description

A dwarf form of our native summersweet, 'Hummingbird' is always in demand by landscapers. It has dark green foliage which turns yellow in fall, and a dense, mounded habit. Fragrant white flowers appear in mid-summer.

Awards Kentucky Theodore Klein Award

USDA Zone 4 - 9 (-30°F/-34.4°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 4'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Grows well in moist and even wet soil though it will tolerate some dryness once established. Prefers soil pH on the acidic side.

Pruning If pruning is desired, do so in early spring, when the new growth begins to appear on the stems.

Uses Foundation plantings; mixed borders; wildlife gardens; naturalizing.

Growing Tips Clethra is a reliable choice for flowering in shaded conditions, though flowering, fragrance, and fall color are all at their best with at least a few hours of sun each day.