Vanilla Spice® Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia
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Long White Flowers, Vanilla Spice Summersweet

Vanilla Spice is a variety of Summersweet shrub with ornamental features. These would look wonderful in a naturalized area of your yard, near a water garden or even used as a foundation plant.

It's renowned for its long panicles of white blossoms—some of which reach up to a foot in length! Each tiny bloom of the panicle features delicate stamens that reach beyond the petals. This grants an adorable, fluffy appearance to the long, bottle brush-like flowers. The fragrance of each impressive flower is sure to draw you in for a closer well as draw pollinators to your summer yard.

Vanilla Spice's foliage fills your shrub out with dense, dark green leaves. Each 4-inch leaf sports serrated edges and a glossy nature for a healthy, vibrant appearance in your yard. Those same leaves assume lovely hues of gold and brown for autumn before dropping to reveal the dark brown seed pods that persist into winter.

Vanilla Spice Summersweet is a deciduous shrub that has an upright form with a rounded, densely-branched manner and is valued for its compact nature. Vanilla Spice is adaptive to a variety of conditions, and relatively care free. It will even tolerate damp soils and shady spots in your yard.

When choosing a decorative shrub for your yard, you can hardly go wrong with a Summersweet. Vanilla Spice is a high-performing Summersweet, with blooms that are double the size of those of other varieties. It even blooms in shade! Quite clearly, Vanilla Spice would make an incredible addition to your yard this year.

  • Amazing fragrance attracts butterflies
  • Fall color and interest
  • Tolerant of moist soils and shade
  • Deer resistant
More Information
Botanical Name Clethra alnifolia
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Period Late Summer
Flower Color White
Pollinator Required No
Growing Zone Range 4-9
Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
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