This native shrub is easy to grow and very pest and disease resistant!
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Ruby Spice Clethra alnifolia Summersweet Shrub

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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Terrific for late-summer color!
'Ruby Spice' is the darkest red of all of the Summersweet varieties. This lovely shrub produces sweetly fragrant rosy blooms in late summer. Then in autumn, the handsome green foliage ignites into flaming shades of yellow! An easy-to-grow, multiseason shrub you will really enjoy.

Seldom exceeding 4 to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, 'Ruby Spice' is pest and disease free. It grows best in moist, slightly acid sandy soil in sun to light shade, though as a hardy native shrub, it tolerates a range of conditions (including shade, acidic wet soil, and salt spray). The color is best in sun. Ideal in a foundation planting. Zones 3-9.

Genus Clethra
Species alnifolia
Variety 'Ruby Spice'
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Late Summer
Plant Height 3 ft - 6 ft
Plant Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Flower, Fragrance
Bloom Color Rose
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Resistance Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Sandy
Uses Border, Ornamental
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Clethra
Summersweet/ Sweet Pepper Bush

Planting:

Set out shrubs 5 to 6 feet apart to allow for ultimate spread. A location in sun or light shade, where the soil is moisture-retentive, enriched with organic matter and of slightly acid reaction is best. Perfect for seaside plantings.


Maintenance:

If pruning is desired – to attain a hedge effect, for example – plants may be pruned in the early spring. We recommend a summer mulch to conserve moisture and deep watering during periods of drought


Zones:

Zones 3-9

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