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Clethra acuminata

Common Name(s):
Cinnamonbark clethra, Mountain pepperbush
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

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.  

Regions:  Mountain

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.   

 

Height:
8-20 ft.
Flower:
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.
Zones:
6 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
The Mountain pepperbush grows best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense oval; rounded top; often suckers to form a colony
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Fruit:
Twisted racemes of white lily of-the-valley like flowers in early summer; flowers open from the base to the tip; fragrant
Leaf:
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.
Tags:
deciduous, fall color, fragrant, hummingbirds, butterflies, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 464

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