Sweet pepperbush Ruby Spice
Clethra alnifolia Ruby Spice
Native to the Northeastern United States, Clethra alnifolia Ruby Spice or Sweet pepperbush Ruby Spice is a deciduous shrub remarkable for its abundant and long summer flowering, very fragrant, dark pink and for the magnificent orange-yellow coloring that takes its foliage in autumn.
Easy to grow and very hardy (- 25 ° C), Clethra alnifolia Ruby Spice, a compact variety with a bushy habit, reaches 1 m to 1.50 m in height for a spread of 1 m to 1.20 m. Plant it in a mass of heather soil associated with camellias or rhododendrons, a hedge or an undergrowth. You can also grow it in a pot.
From July to September, it is covered with numerous small dark pink flowers arranged in spikes, fragrant and honey-bearing, the color of which does not fade in the sun. Its tender green leaves and glossy in summer take on a splendid autumnal hue of golden to orange.
The Sweet pepperbush Ruby Spice is best grown in partial shade, in acidic, fertile, humus-enriched, cool and well-drained soil. After flowering, maintenance pruning is sufficient, simply remove the faded flowers.
You will enjoy the summer flowering of your Clethra alnifolia Ruby Spice for a long time and its bronze fall colors which will bring luminosity to the semi-shaded corners of your garden.
- Common name : Sweet pepperbush Ruby Spice
- Family : Cléthraceae
- Category : shrub
- Spread : 1/1,20M
- Foliage : deciduous
- Color of flowers : pink
- Use : hedge - undergrowth - shrubbery - pot
- Soil : acid
- Habit : bushy
- Earth to use : heath earth/compost/peat
- Enemies : nothing to report
- Possible diseases : resistant to diseases
- Date of last repotting : 15/10/2020
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