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Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ – Dwarf Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ – Dwarf Summersweet

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Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’, also known as Dwarf Summersweet, is a compact, deciduous shrub that enchants with its fragrant, white flowers in mid to late summer. Ideal for small gardens, borders, or as a foundation planting, ‘Hummingbird’ reaches just 2-3 feet in height and width, making it a perfect fit for spaces where room is limited. Its blooms are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and especially hummingbirds, providing a valuable nectar source. Adaptable to a range of conditions, including wet soils and partial shade, Dwarf Summersweet is a versatile and easy-to-grow plant that adds beauty and supports wildlife.


Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single



Native Range

North America


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Height Range (ft.)

2.00 to 3.00

Spread (ft.)

2.00 to 3.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description

Fragrant, White


Full Sun, Part Shade, Partial Sun



Suggested Use

Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Seashore, Specimen

Growth Rate


Leaf Retention

Broadleaf, Deciduous






Soil Type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil pH requirements

Acidic, Neutral


Oval, Upright

Product Description

Introduce the delightful Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’, or Dwarf Summersweet, to your garden for a touch of elegance and fragrance. This dwarf cultivar is celebrated for its compact form and the profusion of sweet-smelling white flowers that emerge in mid to late summer, creating a stunning display that lasts for weeks.

Why Choose Dwarf Summersweet ‘Hummingbird’?

  1. Compact Growth: ‘Hummingbird’ is specifically bred for small spaces, offering the beauty of Summersweet in a manageable size that fits perfectly in smaller gardens or as part of a mixed border.
  2. Fragrant Blooms: The richly scented flowers not only add a delightful aroma to your garden but also attract a host of pollinators, including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, enhancing biodiversity.
  3. Adaptability: Thrives in a variety of soil types, from well-drained to consistently wet, and is tolerant of both full sun and partial shade, making it a versatile choice for many garden settings.
  4. Fall Interest: After flowering, the foliage turns a vibrant yellow in the fall, adding another season of interest to your landscape.

Cultivation and Care

  1. Sunlight Requirements: Performs best in full sun to partial shade, with more flowers produced in sunnier spots.
  2. Soil Conditions: Prefers moist, well-drained soils but is quite adaptable, tolerating both dry and wet conditions, including clay soils.
  3. Watering: While drought-tolerant once established, regular watering during dry periods will encourage optimal growth and flowering.
  4. Spacing: Plant 3 to 4 feet apart to allow for its spread, creating a full and lush display.

Landscape Uses Dwarf Summersweet ‘Hummingbird’ is perfect for various landscape applications, from accentuating foundation plantings to creating fragrant, low hedges or mass plantings in naturalized areas. Its compact size also makes it an excellent choice for container gardening, bringing its sweet aroma closer to outdoor living spaces.

Environmental Benefits By planting ‘Hummingbird’, you’re not only adding a visually appealing element to your garden but also providing essential support for local pollinators at a time when many other plants have finished blooming. Its ability to thrive in wet areas also makes it suitable for rain gardens, where it can play a role in managing runoff and improving water quality.

Incorporating Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ into your garden design offers the perfect blend of aesthetic appeal, practical benefits, and ecological support, making it a cherished addition to any outdoor space seeking to combine beauty with wildlife attraction.


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