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Sixteen Candles Summersweet - Clethra
Sixteen Candles Summersweet - Clethra

Clethraceae Clethra Alnifolia Sixteen Candles

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Grows InZone 4A · -30° to -25° F through Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Shade / Evening Sun, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Flower ColorWhite
BloomsSummer Blooms
Foliage ColorMedium Green
Average Height5' to 6'
Average Width3' to 4'
AttractsButterflies, Hummingbirds
FragrancesFragrant Flowers
Additional Information About Sixteen Candles Summersweet - Clethra

More about Sixteen Candles Clethra...

Noteworthy Characteristics

'Sixteen Candles' is a summersweet cultivar noted for its erect, candle-like flower spikes and compact size. It grows to 3-5' tall with a spread of only 2-3 feet and features narrow, fluffy, bottlebrush-like, terminal spires (racemes to 6" long) of extremely fragrant, creamy white flowers which bloom  for approximately 4-6 weeks in mid-summer. Flower spires of the species may be erect, horizontal or arching, whereas those of this cultivar are, as the cultivar name suggests, more upright and candle-like. Toothed, ovate-oblong, glossy dark green leaves (to 4" long) turn a variable but generally attractive yellow/golden brown in fall. Flowers give way to dark brown seed capsules which may persist well into winter. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Somewhat unique among summer-flowering shrubs because of its ability to bloom in shady locations.

Uses

Is useful as a single specimen, in groupings or as a natural hedge. Make sure to plant this fragrant wonder near outdoor living areas where the fragrance can be enjoyed and the bu8tterflies can be watched. 

Culture & Care Tips

Easy to grow in  in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade and consistently moist, acidic soils. Tolerates full shade. Will form a patch if suckers aren't removed. 

 

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