Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'
Smaller version of the species, with fragrant white spires in summer. Blooms on new growth. In the two full seasons this has lived in our garden, I've not noticed any flowers - maybe because it's in a corner where I don't venture much when the side garden is overrun by lush growth in early summer. But I like the glossy dark green leaves, too.
||moist soil, prefers part shade
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|milkweed enthusiast||Aug 06, 2012||It will flower more consistently and abundantly if given full sun. They survive just as well with average moisture, but in the wild they are more abundant with consistent moisture. They are native to parts of eastern US where the soil is on the acidic side, but will grow in pH balanced and somewhat basic soils. The white flowers bloom over a period of time in the summer, they are somewhat showy, and seem to attract day flying nectar seeking moths and the occasionally large solitary wasps. The 'Hummingbird' cultivar does not get more than three and a half feet tall, but if you intend to plant your specimen where it will receive average moisture, then a wild form will grow slowly enough that it is not worth the effort searching for a retailer for 'Hummingbird' if you have access to a seed or plants of a non-cultivar.|
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