Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'

HUMMINGBIRD

SUMMERSWEET

"In mid to late summer, this delightful shrub bursts into bloom, with numerous slender, fragrant, and creamy-white spike-like flower clusters adorning its branches. These blossoms attract a variety of pollinators, including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees."

IN OUR GARDEN

Currently, we have three summersweets in our park. They'll start blooming and showing off their flowers in mid summer, and begin fruiting in early autumn.

HOW TO GROW

SOIL CONDITIONS

The Hummingbird Summersweet thrives when planted in sandy loam soil, requiring effective drainage and a generous supply of organic nutrients. It flourishes within a preferred pH range that generally leans slightly acidic to neutral, spanning from 5.5 to 7.0, for its optimal growth.

SUN EXPOSURE

The Hummingbird Summersweet, originating from native understory habitats, flourishes in environments characterized by partial shade to dappled sunlight. While it possesses the capacity to withstand full sun exposure, it's prudent to recognize that in hotter climates, offering shade during the peak intensity of the sun is recommended to mitigate the risk of heat-related stress.