Summersweets are somewhat unique among flowering shrubs because they bloom for up to 6 weeks in shady locations in late summer when few other shrubs are in bloom. Their fragrant white flowers and nectar attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Deer eat it only when other forage vegetation is limited. Birds eat the fruit and aid in seed dispersal.
Summersweet can be used in a mixed shrub hedge and pruned to maintain a small size. The lush green leaves turn to golden yellow in autumn.Compact size makes this an ideal flowering shrub for smaller gardens.
Recommended for Wildlife by
Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge