Description

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Transform your garden with the exquisite Ruby Spice Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'), a standout native shrub perfect for adding vibrant color and delightful fragrance to your landscape. This versatile beauty is sold in a convenient 2-gallon container, making it easy to plant and establish in your garden.

Appearance:

Ruby Spice Summersweet is celebrated for its stunning, deep pink flower spikes that bloom from mid to late summer, creating a striking display against its glossy, dark green foliage. The flowers are densely packed and emit a sweet, spicy fragrance that attracts both humans and pollinators alike. The shrub itself forms an upright, rounded habit, typically reaching 3 to 6 feet in height and width, making it a perfect choice for borders, hedges, or as a specimen plant.

Growing Requirements:

This hardy deciduous shrub is remarkably easy to grow and care for, thriving in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your Ruby Spice Summersweet flourishes:

  • Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. In hotter climates, some afternoon shade can prevent leaf scorch.
  • Soil: Enjoys moist, acidic soils but is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. It is tolerant of wet conditions, making it an excellent choice for rain gardens.
  • Watering: Requires regular watering, especially during dry periods, to maintain its lush appearance and prolific blooming.
  • Maintenance: Prune in late winter to early spring to maintain shape and encourage vigorous growth. Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.

Ecological Benefits:

As a native plant to Michigan and much of the eastern United States, Ruby Spice Summersweet plays a vital role in supporting local ecosystems. Its fragrant flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, providing essential nectar during the summer months. Additionally, the dense foliage offers shelter for birds and small wildlife. The plant’s ability to thrive in wet conditions also helps in stabilizing soil and reducing erosion, making it an environmentally beneficial addition to any landscape.

Enhance your garden with the vibrant blooms and ecological benefits of Ruby Spice Summersweet. Order yours today for local pickup on a date of your choice.

Image credit to F.D. Richards in SE Michigan.