SUGARTINA® ‘Crystalina’

Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia

'Crystalina'

USPP 21,561; CBR 4160

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  • Native to North America
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Dwarf habit
Description

Outstanding dwarf clethra.

Super useful Sugartina® 'Crystalina' clethra has a dwarf habit and fragrant, pure white flowers in mid summer. It has dark glossy foliage turns a nice bright yellow in fall. Developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU, it holds its tight, dense shape without pruning. Ideal scale and features list for residential landscapes!

USDA Zone 4 - 9 (-30°F/-34.4°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2.5 - 3'

Width 2.5 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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.