Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Ruby Spice Summersweet

Summersweet, is a deciduous shrub that is native to swampy woodlands, wet marshes, stream banks and seashores, often in sandy soils, along the coast from Maine to Florida and west to Texas. It is a rounded, suckering, densely-branched, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6’ tall and is noted for producing a mid to late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant pink flowers which appear in narrow, upright panicles (racemes to 2-6" long). Flowers give way to dark brown seed capsules (1/8" diameter) which may persist into winter. Serrate, obovate to oblong, glossy dark green leaves (to 3-4” long) turn variable but generally attractive shades of yellow to golden brown in fall. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees.

Zone: 4 to 8


Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet


Spread: 3.00 to 5.00 feet


Bloom Time: July to August


Bloom Description: Rose pink


Sun: Full sun to part shade


Water: Medium to wet


Maintenance: Low


Suggested Use: Hedge, Naturalize, Rain Garden


Flower: Showy, Fragrant


Leaf: Good Fall


Attracts: Butterflies


Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil