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Clethra alnifolia Hummingbird (Summersweet)

White blooms in upright panicles are followed by brown seed capsules on glossy dark green foliage that turns to shades of yellow and golden brown in fall. Mounded habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid to late summer
3-4 ft tall x 4-5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Fragrant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar

Small light pink bottlebrush blooms rise above the foliage on upright, wiry stems. New foliage emerges green, maturing to dark reddish-purple and is finely divided.

Blooms in late summer to late fall
4 ft tall x 3 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Fragrant

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Lilac purple aromatic plumes grow on thin dark purple stems high atop dark green deeply lobed foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to early summer
1.5-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts butterflies
Tolerant to juglone
Fragrant

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Dome-like mauve-pink flowers blooms on multiple purple-spotted stems and deep green, ovate, coarsely toothed foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
3-5 ft tall x 2-4 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone

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Dense clumps of arching stems, with brilliant golden green-to-chartreuse leaves in cascading layers resemble dwarf bamboo. Hidden among the foliage are tiny delicate green flower heads. The foliage turns to an attractive golden tan shade as the weather cools. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Shade tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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This herbaceous perennial features burgundy upright spikes that bear broad, deep purple leaves and densely packed cardinal red flowers. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
2-2.5 ft tall x 1 ft spread
HARDY to -10°F (-23.3°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant

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This rhizomatous perennial features arching stems bearing nodding green-tipped white flowers while variegated creamy white and bright green, elliptic leaves adorn the stems elegantly. The flowers are followed in fall by attractive deep blue berries. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid spring to early summer
2-2.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Creamy-white globe shaped flowers, followed by red fruit in the fall, make an impression against glossy, bright green foliage. Upright habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms from early summer to late summer
3-4 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Fragrant

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This deciduous shrubs features showy spikes of ruby-red panicles and glossy green foliage that turns an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Oval mounded habit. Slow growth rate.

Blooms in late summer
4-8 ft tall x 4-8 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Deer resistant
Salt tolerant
Fragrant

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