Clethera alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Category: Fall Planting


Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 4 to 6 feet
Spread: 3 to 5 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Rose pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade

One of the most fragrant of all garden shrubs with showy spikes of sweetly scented deep pink flowers bloom in late summer when little else is in flower; a very hardy variety, neat, tidy habit of growth and good fall color; needs moist acidic soil. Ruby Spice Summersweet has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant ruby-red flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy round leaves turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.