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)
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.