Clethra: types, cultivation, planting and care

  • Dec 24, 2019

Beautiful pyramidal inflorescences of small white or pinkish, often fragrant flowers appear on these trees and bushes from mid summer to autumn. They are suitable for cultivation in the open ground only in warm areas or in cool winter gardens. The following types - deciduous shrubs that require acidic soil.

Clethra
Clethra

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Recommended species and varieties

FROM. alnifolia (K. olholistnaya)

The flowers are white, fragrant, collected in the direct pyramidal inflorescences to 15 cm long. Flowering from late summer to mid-autumn.

Leaves obovate, toothed, up to 10 cm long. Young autumn leaves turn yellow. Motherland - East St. America. The height and diameter of the plant - 1h0,6 m (5 years). The maximum height-to 4 m.
The flowers are white, fragrant
The flowers are white, fragrant

"Paniculata"

Sort forms a curved arc branches, and larger flowers than the original form.

Sort branch forms a curved arc
Sort branch forms a curved arc

"Pink Spire" and "Rosea"

Flowers tinged with pink.

Flowers tinged with pink
Flowers tinged with pink

FROM. barbinervis (K. borodatozhilchataya)

The flowers are white, fragrant, in pyramidal inflorescences to 15 cm long, appear from early summer to early autumn. Leaves obovate, sharp-toothed, 5-15 cm long, attached to the autumn garden red and yellow. Trunks with peeling gray-green bark with yellow-brown spots. Homeland - Japan. The height and diameter of the plant - 1x0,5 m (5 years). The maximum height-to 10 meters.

Leaves obovate, sharp-toothed
Leaves obovate, sharp-toothed

FROM. delavayi (K. Delavaya)

Pink buds are disclosed from the mid to late summer with numerous fragrant white flowers with a yellow tinge. Leaves bright green, toothed, up to 15 cm long. This upright shrub or small tree. Homeland - 3. China. The height and diameter of the plant - 1,2h0,3 m (5 years). Maximum height - 10 m.

The leaves are bright green, toothed
The leaves are bright green, toothed

cultivation

Plants need acidic soil rich in humus and in the penumbra.

Excess soil moisture is undesirable.

reproduction

Sow seeds in spring or early summer neodrevesnevshie take cuttings. Low-lying shoots above ground can be turned into cuttings. FROM. alnifolia forms shoots, which can be separated from the parent plant.

pruning

Not required, but in the winter or early spring, cut the plants completely inaccurate.

Pests and diseases

Usually not affected.

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