Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Coastal Sweet-Pepper Bush

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Coastal Sweet-Pepper Bush

The Coastal Sweet-Pepper bush also known as Clethra is a deciduous native shrub that will make a beautiful addition to many landscapes here on the Outer Banks.

Sweet pepper bush

This plant will grow in full sun to total shade, but will grow best in light, dappled shade, or with morning sun and afternoon shade. It is salt tolerant and likes moist acid soil that drains well. Once established it can tolerate short periods of drought. In addition to its beauty it also provides food and habitat to birds, insects, and animals. The fall fruit is enjoyed by the many songbirds that overwinter here on the Outer Banks. 

Clethra barbinervis

For more information check out the North Carolina Plant Toolbox.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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