Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'

Summersweet, Hummingbird

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

This is a dwarf form of the white Summersweet. It grows to about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and is very compact and florific. For 4 to 6 weeks in midsummer, plants bear hundreds of white, wonderfully fragrant flowers arranged in plump, upright, bottle-brush-like spikes 2 to 6 inches long. The scent is a sweet perfume and bees love the nectar. A well-grown specimen almost looks like a big pincushion of white when in flower. Like the other Summersweets, it has glossy green leaves which turn a good yellow before falling off in the fall. Give it full sun and moisture for best performance.



Rain Garden

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture            

Easy to grow

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


full quart




24 to 36

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Mid summer, Late summer



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9