Clethra alnifolia Ruby Spice (Summersweet)

Showy spikes of ruby-red panicles are produced in summer on this multi-stemmed shrub, who’s glossy green foliage turns an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Oval mounded habit.

Blooms in late summer
4-6′ tall x 4′ spread
Attracts butterflies

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

White with purple tinged blooms rise above the finely cut black foliage on upright, wiry stems.

Blooms in late summer to late fall
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
4-5 ft tall x 2 ft spread
Fragrant

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Scarlet red plumes are vividly displayed atop leaves tinted red that turn medium green through the season. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid to late summer
2 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Fragrant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees
Tolerant to juglone

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Large, round clusters of bright mauve pink blooms sit on tall wine-red stems with bright green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
4-6 ft tall x 3-5 ft spread
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Fragrant

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

Blooms late summer to early fall
1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
Shade tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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

Blooms mid-summer
1.5-2 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°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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White blooms in upright panicles are followed by brown seed capsules on glossy dark green foliage that turns to shades of yellow/golden brown in fall. Mounded habit.

Blooms mid to late summer
3-4′ tall x 4-5′ spread
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Fragrant

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Extra large white flowers set off the glossy green foliage bloom on new wood and give way to dark brown seedheads. Upright habit.

Blooms mid summer
3-6′ tall x 3-5′ spread
Fragrant
Attracts butterflies

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