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Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'

Common name sweet pepperbush
Family clethraceae
Life cycle shrub (Z3-9)
Flowers white (July-August)
Size 2-4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil, prefers part shade

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.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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