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Summersweet, Sixteen Candles

Clethra alnifolia, Sixteen Candles


Summersweet has fragrant, tiny white flowers on 4-6 inch spikes appearing midsummer and continuing to bloom till the end of summer. It is a small native shrub and its fragrant flowers attract butterflies and beneficial pollinators. Plantings also help to control soil erosion and improve soil quality. Summersweet is compact, grows well in full shade, and prefers average, moist, sandy soil. It is also deer resistant.

Native shrub
Deer resistant
Fragrant flower
Erosion control
Great for rain gardens
Attracts butterflies
Attracts beneficial pollinators


Height: 4 ft.
Spread: 3 ft.
Bloom color: White
Bloom time: Summer
Foliage: Green
Soil type: average, moist, sandy; salt, wet site, clay soil tolerant
Exposure: Full shade, part-shade
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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