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Calycanthus floridus - Sweetshrub

Calycanthus floridus

Sweetshrub

Calycanthus floridus has dark maroon flowers in May and June that are often fragrant.  Plants will vary from no scent to highly fragrant; the flower fragrance has been described as a combination of melon, pineapple, strawberry, and banana.  Sweetshrub is wet site and dry shade tolerant and the fall color is yellow.  Sweetshrub is also referred to as Carolina Allspice and is native from Virginia to Florida.  Sweetshrub's leaves are aromatic when bruised and the shrub will sucker and often forms colonies in the wild.  Calycanthus is distantly related to Magnolias.

Height

6 Feet

Spread

4 Feet

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
128 Calycanthus floridus #3 18-24" (NATIVE-dark maroon) 200 mid June
77 Calycanthus floridus #7 18-24"+ (NATIVE-dark maroon) Trimmed 150 mid June
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Erosion Control
Fragrant - Flower
Fragrant - Foliage
Fruit - Ornamental
Native
Native - Straight Species
Soil Conditions
Average
Moist
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Clay Soil Tolerant
Dry Shade Tolerant
Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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