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- n. Any of the genus Clethra of flowering shrubs or small trees bearing flowers in clusters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Ericaceœ, natives of North and South America and Madeira.
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- n. type and sole genus of the Clethraceae; deciduous shrubs or small trees: white alder, summer-sweet
Japanese clethra Clethra barbinervis and anise magnolia Magnolia salicifolia are common decorative understorey trees.
When June comes, -- when the clethra is heaped with its bee-beloved blossoms, and the grass is green and bright as never again in the year, then the arethusa is to be sought.
She must walk among the alder bushes, hardly taller than her outstretched hand, and pluck blossoms from the flowering amorpha, althea, clethra and climbing rose.
I have had the wild azalea live and bloom in its new setting, year after year; and the clethra, donning its white August dress as if at home.
The fair clethra and the sweet clematis had ended their short reign and were gone, and high-coloured sumachs flamed out in insurrection.
Spring pruning stimulates vigorous new growth and greater flower production for butterfly bush, sweet pepperbush (clethra), "Peegee" and "Annabelle" hydrangea.