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Plant Genus of the family Clethraceae

Genus Description Cultivation
Clethra This genus of about 60 species of deciduous small trees or shrubs is widely distributed from southern USA to Central and South America, Southeast Asia, with a few species native to Madeira. They are grown for their white fragrant flowers, often borne in long racemes or panicles, giving rise to the common name, lily-of-the-valley tree. Some have attractive peeling bark and the flowers are followed by numerous tiny seed capsules. CULTIVATION: Being closely related to the erica family, clethras like a lime-free soil and a moist sheltered spot, with some shade from taller trees. They can be propagated from seed, cuttings or layers.

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