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Vanilla Spice® Summersweet

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9
  • Height 3-6 Feet Tall
  • Spread 3-5 Feet Wide

Vanilla Spice and everything nice! The Vanilla Spice Summersweet has whimsical, vanilla colored blooms that are fragrant bring pollinators to your garden and landscapes. Its bountiful large flowers are show shopping. It is resistant to deer and native to North America.

The Vanilla Spice Summersweet has deep green foliage that makes for the perfect pairing with its white blooms. Bloom season is in mid-summer and its large fragrant blooms with bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. The Vanilla Spice Summersweet has a garden height of 36” to 72” inches and a spread of 36” to 60” inches. This deciduous shrub is native to North American and is resistant to deer. Use this sophisticated plant in your landscape as a focal point, or in mixed border planting. It will do well in mass planting and makes a great addition to any shade garden or landscape.

Vanilla Spice Summersweet Care

Planting can be done in the shade, but to ensure optimal bloom be sure your Vanilla Spice Summersweet gets 4 hours of sun per day. Prefers moist, well drained soil. It is adaptable to all soil types, including wet soils with varying PH levels. Prune only to shape in the late winter. Fertilize with a controlled release fertilizer in the spring. Liquid fertilizer may be added in the summer.

Vanilla Spice Summersweet Spacing

Space your Vanilla Spice Summersweet at a minimum 60” inches, center on center. Proper spacing is imperative to ensure the health and longevity of the plant, especially in situations of proximity planting in all gardens and landscapes.

Vanilla Spice Summersweet Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Flower Color(s): White
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 3-6 Feet
Spread: 3-5 Feet
Spacing: 5-6 Feet
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Vanilla Spice® Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' USPP 21,589
Common Name: Vanilla Spice® Summersweet
Other Name(s): Sweet Pepperbush
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®
Drought Tolerant: No
Features: Fall Interest; Fragrant Flower
Attracts: Hummingbirds & Butterflies

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

3 Reviews - Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Show Reviews

  • 5
    The plant arrived in beautiful shape and ready to...

    Posted by Robert St Vincent on Jun 4th 2021

    The plant arrived in beautiful shape and ready to plant.

  • 5
    first time shopping with Plant...

    Posted by Erin Bailey on Jun 15th 2020

    I ordered a bunch of perennials and 2 shrubs this year as a first time buy from Plant Addicts. The orders arrived in good condition and and everything is growing well. Some of the perennials were on the smaller side, yet I was able to get more at the price. Clethra 'Vanilla Spice' was last to arrive. It came healthy and filling its pot. No problems at all planting it and its growth continues in my desired spot. Thank you for such good service and quality plant material.

  • 5

    Posted by Leslie Geil on Jun 7th 2020

    Hardy beautiful plants. Would order again from this company