Clethra alnifolia - Summer Sweet Sweet Pepper Bush
Summer Sweet or Sweet Pepper Bush
Summer sweet is a vase-shaped deciduous shrub, which features fluffy, bottle brush-like, 3-6" spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers that are an extremely important nectar source in summer. Glossy, dark green leaves turn a rich yellow in autumn.
- Big wands of spicy-sweet scented white flowers
- Flowers bloom in summer and attract butterflies
- Will naturalize over time
- Shrubby stems provide nesting sites and cover
Swamps and moist woods within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast, from southern Maine to northern Florida and along the Gulf to east Texas.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Sweet Pepper Bush grows in diverse exposure and soil conditions, it will even bloom in full shade.
Grows well in average to wet soil.