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Cinnamonbark Clethra Clethra acuminata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
KLETH-rah ah-kew-min-AY-tah
Description

Clethra acuminata, commonly called Mountain Pepperbush or Cinnamonbark Clethra, is a small deciduous tree that may grow between 8'-20' tall but sometimes is shrub-like. The Mountain Pepperbush grows best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil. This plant's form is dense and oval; it can also have a rounded top and often suckers to form a colony. This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.

Seasons of Interest: 

  Leaf:  Fall                   Blooms:   Summer           Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#white#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#birds#small tree#partial shade#fragrant flowers#white flowers#wildlife plant#native tree#native shrub#NC native#summer flowers#deer resistant#Dense Rounded Crown#Braham Arboretum#yellow fall color
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#white#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#birds#small tree#partial shade#fragrant flowers#white flowers#wildlife plant#native tree#native shrub#NC native#summer flowers#deer resistant#Dense Rounded Crown#Braham Arboretum#yellow fall color
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clethra
    Species:
    acuminata
    Family:
    Clethraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern United States, NC
    Distribution:
    NC, SC, GA, AL, TN, KY, VI,WV,PA
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the nectar of the blooms. Its seeds are eaten by birds.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    moderately resistant to deer damage
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Oval
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Its seeds are eaten by birds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Twisted, 3-8 inch racemes of white, lily-of-the-valley-like flowers in early summer. Fragrant flowers open from the base to the tip.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Medium to dark green, alternate, and simple. They grow 3" to 6" long and are pubescent below. It has gold fall foliage.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Its bark may appear mottled as outer portions peel away to reveal a cinnamon color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer