A huge color breakthrough for Summersweet. Ruby Spice features rich rose-pink blooms that are a first for flowering Clethra. Intensely fragrant, star-shaped florets grow into plump, exotic 2-4" wands that appear on a 4-6' bush for many weeks in mid to late summer. Versatile Summersweet is a great flowering shrub that is also effective as a decorative hedge. Makes a wonderful addition to naturalized areas, woodland spaces and along the banks of a pond or stream. It is a compact plant that is perfect for smaller spaces, too. Plant in groups of three or five to create professional-looking garden installation. Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'.
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height/Habit:4 - 6 feet
Spread:4 - 6 feet
Spacing:5 - 6 feet
Flowering Date:Mid to late summer
Planting Instructions:Set in the ground at the same depth it is in the container, firm and water well.
Winter Care:Apply 2-3" of mulch to retain moisture.
Growth Rate:Slow to moderate once established, which takes approximately 6 -8 weeks.
Flower Form:Masses of tiny star-like flowers on plump 2" - 4" terminal panicles.
Foliage Type:Simple, obovate with serrated margins, 1 1/2" - 4" long and up to 2" wide. Mid-green turning a rich golden brown in the fall.