Clethra alnifolia 'Sugartina™'



Tips for Homeowners:

Might need to prune for shape in early spring, and at the same time it is best to apply a slow-release fertilizer.

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Indulge the butterflies with the sweetly fragrant white flowers in the late season garden.

  • Sweetly fragrant white flowers
  • Showy, compact plant for a shady late summer garden
  • Attracts butterflies

Prefers moist soils in situations like shrub borders, woodland gardens, perennial gardens or along foundations. Grows best in eastern, central Kansas. 

Height: 24-30 in
Spread: 24-36 in
Zone: 4-9
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Summersweet:

Clethra is a shrub that grows naturally in moist soils and in the landscape it appreciates the same treatment. If the soil gets too dry it may drop some leaves. The shrub naturally suckers (sends out new sprouts from the trunk) and will spead in an area if allowed.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Rock Garden
  • Fragrant
  • Long Blooming
  • Native
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting
  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained