- Common Name(s):
- Cinnamonbark clethra, Mountain pepperbush
- Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Clethra acuminata, commonly called Mountain pepperbush or Cinnamonbark clethra is a small deciduous tree that may grow to 20 feet tall but sometimes is shrub-like. Its bark may appear mottled as outer portions peal away to reveal a cimmamon color.
Seasons of Interest:
Leaf: Fall Blooms: Summer Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from dear. Hummingbirds and butterflies nectar at the blooms. Its seeds are eaten by birds.
- 8-20 ft.
- The Mountain pepperbush has twisted, 3-8 in. racemes of white, lily-of-the-valley-like flowers in early summer. The flowers which are fragrant open from the base to the tip.
- 6 to 7
- The Mountain pepperbush grows best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil.
- Dense oval; rounded top; often suckers to form a colony
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Twisted racemes of white lily of-the-valley like flowers in early summer; flowers open from the base to the tip; fragrant
- The leaves of the Mountain pepperbush are a medium to dark green, alternate, simple leaves. The grow 3 to 6 in. long, are pubescent below. It has a gold colored fall foliage.
NCCES plant id: 464