Growing Summersweet - Knowledgebase Question

Jesup, IA
Question by steuben
April 12, 1998
What are the growing requirements for the shrub summersweet? Will it grow in partial shade?


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Answer from NGA
April 12, 1998

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Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) will grow in a wide range of conditions. They thrive in sun or shade, and are hardy in zones 3-9. They are very pest and disease resistant, and will even grow in heavy soil, sandy soil, acidic wet soils as well as areas with salt spray. What a shrub!!! I bought two for my own garden this season!

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