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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common white alder 'Ruby spice'
Clethra can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, sometimes with attractive bark, with simple leaves and small, fragrant, usually white, bell-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles
'Ruby Spice' is a vigorous shrub, up to 1.5m high, with glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Numerous short spikes of sweetly clove-scented rich pink flowers (which unlike some cultivars, are not prone to fading) appear in late summer and early autumn
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
Time to ultimate height
Grow in humus-rich, moist, well-drained, lime-free soil in dappled shade, in the shelter of an open woodland garden or a lightly-shaded shrub border; after pruning, mulch with well-rotted leaf mould
Propagate by division of suckers, by heeled semi-ripe cuttings of lateral shoots in summer, or by layering in late autumn or early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1; in winter, remove some of the older stems, leaving the strongest suckers; cut off old flowerheads in spring
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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