Calycanthus floridus

Carolina Allspice, Common Sweetshrub

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - 12-24" per year.
Mature Height - 6-9'
Mature Width - 6-12'
Longevity - 20-50 years.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Dark reddish brown, maroon to almost red. Up to 2" across when fully open. Very fruity fragrance. Peak bloom in May and flowering sporadically into June and July. Flowers on current season's growth.
Fruit - Urn-shaped, leathery, wrinkled, brown receptacle, 2-3" long; somewhat capsule-like at maturity, September-October and persisting through winter.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Yellowish. Not outstanding; leaves may persist late (November)
Bark -
Other Features - Fragrance described as sweet strawberry-banana-pineapple mix. Great variation in flower odor and it is best to smell before buying. Prolific suckering habit.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Easily transplanted, adaptable to many soils, preferably a deep, moist loam; shade or sun, but does not grow as tall in sun as in shaded places; prune after flowering; adapts to acid and alkaline soils.
Native Habitat - Virginia to Florida. Introduced in 1726.
Diseases and Insects - Very resistant.
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Plants of this taxon:
Bed 201

Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Allspice.
- Other plants of the family Calycanthaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Calycanthus.
- Other plants of the species Calycanthus floridus.