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Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles'

Common White Alder, Sweet Pepperbush

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

More compact variety that suits small gardens and courtyards

Especially long fragrant flower spikes

Will flower abundantly in the shade

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Masses of long, white, candle-like flower spikes,up to 15cm long, cover this bushy compact variety through late summer. The flowers of Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ are sweetly clove-scented and long-lasting, luring a wealth of beneficial pollinators. They are especially popular with butterflies. This bushy, rounded, suckering shrub is covered in glossy, toothed leaves which often turn strong shades of yellow in the autumn. A lovely choice for a shady, lime-free border where it will flower abundantly. Height and Spread: 1m (39in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 100cm (39in)
Spread Up to 100cm (39in)

Hardy Perennial

cottage gardenslow maintenance gardenwoodland garden

sun or semi shade

Flowering Months
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1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KF3137)
1 x 10 Litre Potted Plant (KF3136)
1 x 25 Litre Potted Plant (KF6738)

Plant Sweet Pepperbush into any moist, but well-drained soil acid soil. Choose a sheltered position in partial or dappled shade.
Clethra are easy maintenance plants, which only require minimal pruning. Simply prune out any dead, diseased or damaged growth.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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