Clethera alnifolia ''Sixteen Candles''

Sixteen Candles Summersweet

  • Blooms for 4-6 weeks
  • Attractive fall color
  • Butterfly enticer

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 4-5 ft
  • Spread: 2-3 ft
  • Bloom Color: White Shades

Purchase options for Sixteen Candles Summersweet

  • Size: #5 24-30"
  • Status: Sheared and/or Dormant
  • Availability: In Stock


Summersweets are unique among flowering shrubs because of their ability to bloom in shady gardens in late summer when few other shrubs are in bloom, and 'Sixteen Candles' compact size makes this an ideal flowering shrub for smaller gardens. White blooms, lasting 4-6 weeks, with a beautiful summer fragrance will have the bees and butterflies will flock to its sweet nectar.

Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Supports Bees
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Growing Tips for Clethera alnifolia ''Sixteen Candles''

Prefers part shade and consistently moist, acidic, sandy soils. Prune in late winter if shaping is desired; fertilize in spring with organic fertilizer.