Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'
Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush
 
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Family: Clethra Family (Clethraceae)
Native Habitat: Eastern U.S.

'Hummingbird' is one of the best compact flowering shrubs on the market today. Deservedly popular, there are many characteristics that make this such a fine shrub. The spikes of white flowers are produced in mass and they are delightfully fragrant. Best of all, it flowers during a time of year when flower production in the ornamental garden lags. Flowering begins in July and extends four to six weeks, well into August. The habit is dense and compact; valuable traits in today's landscapes. The dark-green foliage never looks ratty and turns a lovely yellow and golden-brown in the fall, with the color persisting for up to four weeks.

Ornamental Characteristics: Lustrous dark-green leaves. White flowers borne on spikes up to 6" long in July and August. Excellent fragrance. Good fall color lasting 3 to 4 weeks.
Habit & Growth Rate: Medium growth rate. 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 ft. tall and slowly spreading by rhizomes.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 9
Culture: Easily grown shrub. Full sun to part shade in average to moist soil.
Awards: Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Recommended, Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc.