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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Sweet Pepperbush

Plant Type:


Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' - Found as a branch sport of 'Pink Spires' by Andy Brand at Broken Arrow Nursery 'Ruby Spice' displays a much deeper, darker pink fragrant inflorescence. Flowers occur mid- to late summer on this extraordinary Sweet Pepperbush. It's a quick, large and upright grower with handsome green leaves which turn bright yellow in autumn. The seed heads hold up to winter snows and are attractive in this season. Full to mostly sunny siting in fertile, moisture retaining soil will provide the best culture. 'Ruby Spice' is an excellent bee and butterfly plant. Cutting grown.


6-7 ft


6-8 ft


Red Pink

Characteristics and Attributes for Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer / Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Hedgerow
  • Natural Garden
  • Massing
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Moist


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown