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Clethra alnifolia

Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Coastal White-alder, Summersweet

Scientific Name:

Clethra alnifolia

Genus:

Clethra

Species Epithet:

alnifolia

Common Name:

Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Coastal White-alder, Summersweet

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Clethraceae (Clethra Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, non-riverine swamp forests. Common in NC coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Flowers fragrant. Colonial. Many cultivars available in the nursery trade.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/clethra/alnifolia/

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/clethra-alnifolia/



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