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Mountain Sweet Pepperbush Clethra acuminata

 

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Mountain Sweet Pepperbush
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Alternate name: Cinnamon Clethra

Family: Clethraceae, Clethra view all from this family



Description 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.


Habitat Wooded mountain bluffs and ravines.


Range Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia to extreme n. Georgia mountains.


Discussion No serious disease, insect or physiological problems. Often suckers.


Comments No serious disease, insect or physiological problems. Often suckers.


Exposure Preference Shade to partial sun.


Flower June - August


Native Distribution Mts. of Pennsylvania & West Virginia to extreme n. Georgia mts.


Site Preference Wooded mt. bluffs & ravines


Soil Preference Acid, rocky soils. pH 4.5-6.5.


Wildlife Value Intermediate.


 

 

 

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