Beautiful Summersweet Plants In The Garden
Summersweet plants are medium sized plants that adds color and fragrance to your garden with its flowers. These plants can be found growing in both temperate and tropical regions from Asia through Central and South America. They are found along woodland streams and moist forests in southern parts of the United States as well. Most varieties of summersweet plants are also referred to as pepperbush because the mature fruit capsules are thought to resemble peppercorns. It has also been stated that their spicy-tasting seeds were once used for flavoring as a substitute for black pepper. This slow-growing shrub is quite adaptable to a wide range of conditions. In fact, hardy summersweet can even handle bouts with salt spray and is hardy throughout USDA plant hardiness zones 3-9. To get the most from your summersweet shrub, place it in a location where it will have plenty of growing room, as this plant tends to reach anywhere from 5 to 7 feet in height and spreads about 6 to 8 feet across. It also prefers moist to wet soil that is slightly acidic. Summersweet plant can be grown in sun or partial shade.
Once summersweet plants are established, little care is needed. Water deeply during periods of drought, as this plant does not like to get too dry. Since the shrub blooms on new growth, pruning can be done without any harm to the plant. Pruning is a good way to rejuvenate the shrub following the harshness of winter. Spring pruning is usually the preferred time, removing any old or weakened branches and shaping as needed.