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‘Ruby Spice’

Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia

'Ruby Spice'

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  • Native to North America
  • Fragrant
  • Deer resistant
Description

'Ruby Spice' is a truly special clethra, with the best pink flowers you'll find on the species. Deep reddish-pink flowers don't fade to white, and their fragrance attracts butterflies to the summer garden. This deer resistant native plant has nice yellow fall foliage, too. Missouri Botanical Garden Plant of Merit.

USDA Zone 4 - 9 (-30°F/-34.4°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 6'

Width 3 - 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Pink

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.