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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This dense suckering shrub tolerates wet soils and shade. In late summer it bursts into bloom, with long panicles of fragrant white flowers, followed by attractive yellow fall color.

    Latin Name

    Clethra alnifolia


    Family

    Clethraceae


    Also Known As

    Sweet Pepperbush


    Type of Plant

    Shrub

    Bloom Season

    July - August


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 8'
    Max Spread: 6'

    Uses

  • Hedge
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade
    Full Shade

    Tollerances

  • Heavy Shade
  • Wet Soil
  • Erosion
  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    History

    Washington obtained a summersweet from John Bartram in 1792.


    Other Details

    Polinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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