Clethra alnifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Sweet Pepperbush


Plant Specifics

Size:3-10 ft tall by 2-5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring. Moderately long-lived (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Moist-wet areas, acid soils. Wet flatwoods, savannas, swamps, stream banks, bogs, other wet areas.


Recommended Uses:Hedges, back borders. Blooms in summer.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.



Attracts hummingbirds.

Birds and other small wildlife consume the seed (

Attracts butterflies and bees which have evolved to take advantage of narrow, tubular flowers.