Sixteen Candles Clethra (Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’)

The Sixteen Candles Clethra is a deciduous shrub with fragrant, upright white flowers that appear in the summer. Its fruit attracts birds, and its flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. This shrub has a compact-rounded habit, and it does well in full sun or partial shade. It prefers moist soils, and it grows to a maximum height and width of five feet tall and three feet wide.

Shrub, Deciduous

Full, Partial

4 feet

5 feet

3 feet

3 feet

Zones 4 to 9






Fall, Winter

Specimen, Wet Soils

White flowers stand up straight like candles on a birthday cake, deciduous, pale yellow to golden brown leaves in fall, dehiscent fruit year-round, prefers moist soils, can be used in the landscape alone, in a mass, and in a screen, slow growth rate, compact habit

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