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‘Ruby Spice’ Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia 4-5' x same. Sport of ‘Pink Spires,’ Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden, CT, 1992. Also called Sweet Pepperbush.

Red buds and beautiful spires of heavenly scented deep-pink flowers appear on racemes for six weeks in midsummer. Bees and butterflies love it.

Whorls of extremely attractive finely serrated distinctly veined dark green foliage turn deep gold in fall. Dangling racemes of “black peppercorns” persist into the next growing season.

Erect oval habit, often suckering to form dense colonies. Slow growing. Prefers acid moist well-drained soils. A good shrub to border streams and ponds. Will tolerate salty coastal conditions. Full sun to shade. Easy to grow. Species native Maine to Florida. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)

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