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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
bush pepper common white alder
nana pink spire summer sweet sweet pepper bush
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
C.alnifolia, the sweet pepper bush is an erect, bushy, suckering shrub not usually exceeding 2m. The fresh green leaves are simple, obovate, neatly serrrate, sometimes turning yellow in autumn. Near-white scented flowers are abundantly produced, in erect terminal racemes, in summer. Pink selections are available
E N America
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile humus-rich moist but well-drained acid soil, best in part or dappled shade
Propagate by seed in spring or autumn; propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1; remove some of the old wood from the base in winter, leaving the strongest suckers as replacement growth
Pests Generally trouble free
Generally trouble free
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