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Vanilla Spice® Summersweet

Description

  • Extra large flowers with amazing fragrance!
  • Glossy green foliage turns bright yellow in fall.
  • One of the best shrubs for shade.
  • Deer resistant and easy to grow.
  • Zones 4-9, sun/part sun, 6′ tall x 5' wide at maturity. 
Zone 4-9
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

More Information

Description Vanilla Spice® Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) earns the name from its glorious white flower spikes that bloom in summer with a cherry-vanilla fragrance. We love this variety for its extra-large blooms, boasting even more fragrance and a showier display than other summersweets. Glossy green foliage looks handsome in spring and summer, then develops a brilliant yellow fall color. This shrub is more than just good looks. It's easy to grow, low maintenance, and deer resistant. Plus, it's native and grows well in difficult spots, including shade and wet soils. Details Botanical name: Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb'
Patent: USPP 21589
Common name: Summersweet, Clethra
Zone: 4 - 9
Sun exposure: Full (6+ hrs/day) to part shade
Height x width: 3-6' tall and wide
Flower color: White
Foliage color: Glossy green
Season of Interest: Summer-fall
Uses: Specimen, Flower gardens, backdrop, Landscaping, Pollinator gardens, Wildlife gardens, Native plant gardens
How To Grow Soil:  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: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day). Can grow in deeper shade but flowering and fall color will not be as intense.
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.

Customer Reviews

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K.B. (Virginia)
Began rotting within 24 hours of arrival

I ordered seven different plants, three types in the seven, including three clethra. All plants were unpacked immediately and appeared in good condition, but the clethra began showing severe signs of rot within 24 hours of arrival. I was told it was shipping damage, though they didn't appear damaged on arrival, and to get them in the ground as soon as possible, so they could bounce back. While other plants in the order did well in the ground, the clethra never thrived and none survived the winter.

Hi Kimberly - Sorry to hear about the plants. The warranty is good until May 31, 2022, please send pictures of the dead plants to claims@greatgardenplants.com and we will gladly send replacements this spring.

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p.t. (Michigan)

I would of given them a 5 star review but one of the three plants I received is not doing well. Two are thriving with lots of new growth while the third is not dying but it is not thriving either. No new growth to speak and looks a little tired. I hope it does beter with time. I have already gotten positive complements on the new plants.

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L.M.
Vanilla Spice

I cannot believe how well my new bushes are doing here. They are supposed to be moderate growers but they are now triple the size they were when shipped. Very healthy plants.

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A.R.L. (New York)
Sweet William

They arrived really healthy and started to grow quickly. There not completely deer resistant but they rebound well

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S.W. (Virginia)
Growing well!

The Catmint arrived in perfect condition and I planted it right away. It is growing, and looks very healthy! No purple blooms yet… but it’s early days. As healthy as the plant looks, I’m sure blooms will follow!