Clethra acuminata Michx.
Mountain sweet pepperbush, Cinnamon clethra
Clethraceae (Sweet-Pepperbush Family)
USDA Symbol: CLAC3
A 12-20 ft., multi-stemmed shrub with exfoliating, red-brown bark. Dark-green foliage turns yellow-orange in fall. Dense, terminal, drooping spikes of white flowers are spicily perfumed and are followed by brown capsules which persist through winter.
No serious disease, insect or physiological problems. Often suckers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , GA , KY , NC , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Mts. of PA & WV to extreme n. GA mts.
Native Habitat: Wooded mt. bluffs & ravines
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Acid, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: No serious disease, insect or physiological problems. Often suckers.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings, with or without hormone treatment, under mist.
Seed Treatment: Tiny seeds require no pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
LAMTREE FARM - Warrensville, NC
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clethra acuminata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clethra acuminata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff