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Clethra alnifoliaClethra alnifolia

sweet pepperbush, summersweet

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS


Height: 6-12'
Spread: 3-6'
Flowers: Jul.-Aug.; white/ pink
Fruit: Sept.-Feb.; brown; capsule
Fall color: yellow

Conditions *

Light: Partial shade Shade
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 4.5-6.5
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy


tidal and nontidal forested wetlands, shrub swamps, bogs, sandy woods, coastal river floodplains, lakeshores

Native to

Region: Coastal *
States: MD DE PA NY VA


Butterfly Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal Beneficial insect *


very fragrant; tolerates some flooding by partly salty water

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Last updated: 1 October 2004