Clethra arborea or Lily of the Valley Tree can reach up to 10-20 feet in height and is native to Madeira, Portugal. It has moderate water requirements and prefers full sun or semi-shade. It produces delicate white, off-white flowers that appear in springtime that are not only fragrant and attractive, they also draw butterflies and hummingbirds.
This tree is easy to grow and maintain in USDA zones 8-10. To grow the tree in pot in cold regions, select a container with good drainage holes and use a quality potting soil for acidic plants. It's important to water the tree regularly and fertilize it every two months. If grown in a pot, be sure to place the container in a sunny or partially shaded spot and move it indoors during colder months. Also, it is recommended to wrap up the tree with burlap for protection during winter.
With its fragrant flowers and vibrant colors, the Lily of the Valley Tree makes a great addition to gardens and outdoor spaces. Its blooms will fill the air with a sweet, delicate scent and its foliage will provide plenty of shade, making it a desirable choice for many homeowners.