Clethra acuminata

Mountain sweet pepperbush

Mountain sweet pepperbush is a small, deciduous tree or shrub that is native to eastern North America and is found in the mountains of NC.  As the tree ages, the outer bark exfoliates to reveal a cinnamon color.

Characteristics & Attributes

Wetland Indicator Status
(FAC) Facultative
Plant Type
Mature Height
Up to 15'
Summer Bloomer
Drought Tolerant
Butterfly Habitat
Pollinator Habitat
Planting Zone
Riparian Zone
Bottomland Hardwood
Riparian Buffer
Classification by Use
Showy Native
Rain Garden
Erosion Control
Stream Restoration