Small Summersweet Plants – Selecting Dwarf Summersweet Plant Types

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer An Eastern United States native, summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a must-have in the butterfly garden. Its sweetly scented blooms also bear a hint of spicy pepper, resulting in its common name of sweet pepperbush. With heights of 5-8 feet (1.5-2.4 m.) tall and the plant’s suckering habit, not every garden or landscape has the space necessary for a full size summersweet. Fortunately, dwarf summersweet varieties are available. Let’s learn about these dwarf summersweet plant types. About Small Summersweet Plants Also commonly known as hummingbird plant, the fragrant white flower spikes of summersweet draw hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. When the mid-late summer blooms fade, the plant produces seeds that provide food for birds throughout winter. Summersweet grows best in part shade to shade. It also prefers consistently moist soils and cannot survive drought. Because of summersweet’s preference for moist soils and its habit of