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Clethra Hummingbird

From the United States, where it is known as the sweet pepper bush, this delightful little shrub is more compact than the species (C. Alnifolia) at about 3 feet high and wide. The glossy green foliage is nice enough, but its big moment is those 6 weeks in mid to late summer when it is covered in white flower spikes like so many clove-scented candles. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 3 feet plus. 2 litre pot.

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Height 3 feet
Aspect Sun or semi-shade
Soil type Moist but well drained soil
Packing weight 1.5 kg

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Exquisite in appearance and in its scent when in full flower.

Prune (quite hard, if you like) in late winter or early spring, as it flowers on the current year's growth.

Clethra Alnifolia Hummingbird is a hardy shrub with glossy leaves and scented white flowers like candles in mid to late summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.