Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionSugartina® 'Crystalina' summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a fantastic native shrub that gives you fragrance, fall color, and more. Glossy, dark green foliage turns brilliant yellow in fall. In mid-summer, white flower spikes cover the shrub. Some people say they smell like vanilla; others say root beer. Either way, it's deliciously intoxicating in the warm summer air. Don't be surprised if you see pollinators buzzing around the flowers.
Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs selected Sugartina® 'Crystalina' summersweet for its landscape-friendly dwarf habit. It grows just 2.5-3' tall and 3-4' wide, compared to the 6’+ that other summersweet varieties reach. There are two more qualities you'll love: it's very deer resistant and grows well in wet or poorly drained soils. It's one of the best flowering shrubs for shade, making it versatile for landscaping, wildlife gardens, flower gardens, and pollinator gardens.DetailsBotanical name:Clethra alnifolia 'Crystalina' Patent: USPP 21,561 Common name: Summersweet, Clethra Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2.5-3' tall and
3-4' wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Glossy green Season of interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Wet soils, space savers, proven winners, native, low flammability, heat tolerant, fragrant, fall color, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Specimen, flower gardens, backdrop, landscaping, pollinator gardens, wildlife gardens, native plant gardens How To GrowSoil: Though it can tolerate some dryness once established, summersweet does best in moist, even wet soils. Where it grows wild, it is often found alongside rivers and streams. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Water: Moderate to wet. Space: Min. 3' apart Fertilizing: Little fertilizer is needed. Winterizing: No special treatment is required. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended. Maintenance: No special care is required. Trim as needed in early spring.
I'd give a 5 star, but I received 1 clethra that was pretty worse for wear, and she is still not thriving as her two sisters are. I generally plant in groups of 3. Can't wait to see what they do next summer in my moonlight garden
Healthiest plant I’ve ever ordered online
This little plant arrived perfectly packaged and ready to be planted in her new home. Although a little smaller than I thought, she made up for her diminutive size with her glossy, full leaves and full root system. How do I add a picture to my review? I am soooo pleased and will definitely be ordering again. Highly recommend!!
They are starting to bloom. Can’t wait.
We're so happy to hear that your plant is starting to bloom! Be sure to share pictures with us, we'd love to see it. Happy gardening!