Clethra alnifolia

Sweet Pepperbush


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Hedges, back borders. Blooms in summer.
Propagation:Seed, division or softwood cuttings
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:-
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts hummingbirds. Birds and other small wildlife consume the seed (


Attracts a diverse group of pollinators, including butterflies and bees which have evolved to take advantage of narrow, tubular flowers. 

Native Habitats:Moist-wet areas, acid soils. Wet flatwoods, savannas, swamps, stream banks, bogs, other wet areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures