Clethra alnifolia

sweet pepperbush


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-10 ft    Width: 2-5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance


Recommended Uses: Hedges, back borders. Blooms in summer.
Propagation: Seed, division or softwood cuttings
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil pH Range: acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Fragrant flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially native bees. Birds and other small wildlife consume the seed.
Native Habitats: Moist-wet areas, acid soils. Wet flatwoods, savannas, swamps, stream banks, bogs, other wet areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: