Close up of pink Clethra Ruby Spice flowers Close up of pink Clethra Ruby Spice flowers

‘Ruby Spice’

Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia

'Ruby Spice'

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Close up of pink Clethra Ruby Spice flowers Close up of pink Clethra Ruby Spice flowers
  • 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)
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.