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Sugartina® 'Crystalina' Summersweet

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Introducing the Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet, a native North American plant perfect for your garden. This plant has some notable qualities. In mid-summer, it blooms with white, fragrant flowers, and in the fall, it turns a vibrant yellow. It's also a butterfly magnet and deer-resistant, making it suitable for gardens of various sizes. By choosing the Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet, you support native flora while adding a low-maintenance, fragrant addition to your garden.

Plant Attributes

The Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet is a deciduous shrub that stands tall, reaching heights between 30 to 36 inches, with a spread ranging from 28 to 36 inches. This mounded shrub showcases charming white flowers and dark green foliage. Its compact size makes it an ideal choice for various garden settings, including mixed borders, woodland gardens, and wildlife-friendly landscapes.

This plant thrives in a range of lighting conditions, from part shade to full sun, making it adaptable to different garden environments. With its easy maintenance requirements, it blooms on new wood in mid-summer, adding a burst of white color to your outdoor space. The Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet is hardy in zones 4a to 9b, and it's an average water consumer.

Whether you're looking to enhance your garden's aesthetics or create a habitat for wildlife, this versatile shrub can be used effectively. Its suitability for narrow beds and smaller gardens, as well as its role as a foundation plant, makes it a valuable addition to any landscape.

Landscape Use

The Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet, with its compact size (30-36 inches tall, 28-36 inches wide) and moderate growth rate, is a versatile shrub for landscaping. It's ideal for mixed borders, adding elegance and biodiversity with its fragrant white summer blooms that attract butterflies. Come fall, its foliage turns vibrant yellow, providing seasonal interest. This adaptable shrub suits various garden styles, from traditional to modern, and fits well in narrow beds or smaller gardens. Whether as a standalone feature or alongside companions like hostas, ferns, astilbes, bleeding heart, or lungwort, it offers endless landscaping possibilities, enriching any garden with its beauty and versatility.

Planting & Care

To plant and care for the Sugartina Crystalina Summersweet, select a location in your garden that receives part shade to full sun, ensuring it gets at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, enriching the soil with organic compost for better fertility. Position the shrub in the hole, level with the surrounding soil, and water thoroughly for a strong start.

Once established, this shrub can withstand occasional drought but benefits from consistent moisture. Apply mulch around the base to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. Prune the shrub after its mid-summer flowering to maintain its shape and encourage fresh growth, ensuring a delightful display of fragrant white flowers and vibrant fall foliage year after year.

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Plant Features

Watering Needs: Moderate water requirements, can tolerate periodic drought.

Botanical Pronunciation: Soo-gar-tee-na Cry-stal-ee-na Sum-mer-sweet.

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Average Landscape Size: 30-36 inches in height, 28-36 inches in spread.

Special Features: Striking dark green foliage, fragrant white flowers in mid-summer.

Foliage Color: Dark green, turning vibrant yellow in fall.

Blooms: Mid-summer white blooms.

Flower Color: Elegant white.

Flower Attributes: Attracts butterflies.

Garden Style: Versatile, suitable for various garden styles.

Design Ideas: Ideal for mixed borders, woodland gardens, narrow beds, and smaller gardens.

Companion Plants: Pair with shade-loving plants like hostas, ferns, astilbes, bleeding heart, or lungwort for a harmonious garden.


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