Clethra acuminata

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeShadeBird Friendly
Clethra acuminata

If you are trying to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds and beneficial insects, look no further. This adaptable, easy to grow shrub produces hanging stems of very fragrant, white flowers each summer. After the flowers bloom the birds will move in to dine on the seed. The golden fall foliage adds another season of interest, as does the cinnamon red exfoliating bark. This species is officially classified as endangered by Pennsylvania.

Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinators
White flowers bloom on 3-8" stems, highly fragrant
Birds will gobble up the seed produced by the flowers
Golden fall color and cinnamon red exfoliating bark
Easy to grow and generally pest and disease free
Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Native Range

Found in wooded mountains, bluffs and ravines.

Interesting Facts

Butterflies bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.


Plant in moist, humus-rich, acid soil with good drainage. Water during droughts when the plant is young and getting established. It will tolerate shade but flowers better and grows faster in a sunny location.

Mature Size: 8-12ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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