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Summersweet 'Ruby Spice'   

Clethra alnifolia

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Ruby Spice is a popular variety of Summersweet, which belongs to the Clethra genus (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'). Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Rose pink. Leaves appear approximately as a   Fern green colour.

Densely-branched, rounded, suckering, deciduous shrub that features narrow, cylindrical, bottle-brush-like terminal panicles (racemes to 6" long) of extremely fragrant pink flowers that bloom on the current year’s growth for approximately 4 to 6 weeks in July and August.2

A perennial, Ruby Spice is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.40 metres (7.80 feet). This variety tends to bloom in late summer.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Ruby Spice have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Ruby Spice

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Ruby Spice is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.1 and 7.5 as Ruby Spice is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Ruby Spice from seed

Transplanting Ruby Spice

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Ruby Spice is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Ruby Spice

Summersweet Ruby Spice Etymology

The Latin word “Alnifolia” means “having teeth” or “serrated”.1

Other Names for Summersweet 'Ruby Spice'

Sweet pepper bush


1 Latin Dictionary