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Clethra barbinervis

Description

This plant comes to life with its smooth, polished brown to cinnamon bark that peels and, like many of us, dislikes the summer heat and drought. This wonderful looking plant with its caterpillar-looking flowers is one that you just need to have in your garden. One can imagine these flowers dancing to the charm of the summer breeze. Indeed, they even have a swirl type look to them as if they were writing music themselves. This plant will be the conductor in your garden making sure that your garden is in perfect harmony. 

Here are some interesting facts:

This plant has simple, sharply serrated, lustrous, and dark green leaves which are 2-5 inches long and tend to be clustered at ends of branches. The leaves are bronze-red to maroon in the fall.

They like partial shade as well as moist, organically rich, acidic, and well-drained soil to live a happy life. The form of this plant is dense and oval with a rounded top.

This plant is going to be the symphony that you will come back to hear every summer and one that you will not forget.

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Dwarf'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#deciduous#partial shade#summer#white flowers#shrub#summer flowers#bronze leaves#maroon leaves#shrubs#red fall color#symphony#round
Cultivars:
  • 'Dwarf'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#deciduous#partial shade#summer#white flowers#shrub#summer flowers#bronze leaves#maroon leaves#shrubs#red fall color#symphony#round
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clethra
    Species:
    barbinervis
    Family:
    Clethraceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Oval
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has simple, sharply serrated, lustrous, and dark green leaves which are 2-5 inches long and tend to be clustered at ends of branches. The leaves are bronze-red to maroon in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    This plant comes to life with its smooth, polished brown to cinnamon bark that peels.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No