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Clethra alnifolia

Sweet pepper bush

Clethra alnifolia is a native shrub, predominantly found in the southeastern coastal plain, but extending into the Piedmont. It naturally occurs in pocosins, swamps, and wet forests. It can be cultivated in deep shade to full sun, and prefers soils that are moist to wet and well drained. It produces white fragrant flowers in the late summer, which are important to pollinators and hummingbirds. Songbirds and small mammals eat the fruits in the fall. Clethra alnifolia can sucker and form colonies. It works well when grown in a yard as a border or part of a rain garden, or for restoration projects.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Clethra alnifolia - Tubling

Sweet pepper bush

772 in stock

$4.8420+ $2.42ea

Plant type

  • Tree / Shrub

Mature Height

  • 3' - 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FAC) Facultative


  • Bird Supportive
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Erosion Control
  • Rain Garden
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration