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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Common Name: Summersweet

The fragrance of the deep reddish-pink flowers is spectacular.  Deciduous native shrub.  Grows well in wet areas.  Withstands shade well.  Deer resistant. 

More About Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

  • Rich rose-pink flowers in summer on dark green leaves.
  • Exceptional fragrance!


5-6 ft


3-4 ft

Hardiness Zone:

4 to 9

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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Attracts Butterflies


  • Border or Bed
  • Fragrant
  • Native
  • Mass Planting
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Naturalizing

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full sun to partial shade

Foliage Color

  • Dark Green

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Season of Interest

  • Spring to Fall

Soil Moisture

  • Moist


  • Pink - Summer

Growth Habit

  • Upright