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Eastern Sweetshrub, Carolina Allspice
Scientific Name: Calycanthus floridus L.
Synonym:
Family: Calycanthaceae
Eastern Sweetshrub, Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus  floridus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 3-9,14-17,28,31-41
USDA: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Sun to shade

Origin: Eastern USA from Virginia to Florida

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub, 5 to 8 feet tall (1.5-2.4 m), 6 to 12 feet in spread (1.8-3.6 m); opposite, dark green. glossy, oval leaves, 2 to 5 inches long (5-12 cm), with grayish green underside; the leaves are fragrant when crushed

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds


The seeds are poisonous.

Calycanthus floridus, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 132. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.

Eastern Sweetshrub, Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus  floridus)

Cultural Practices:
The Carolina allspice is more compact in the sun. It can be trimmed after finishing blooming. It produces suckers that should be removed.

Blooming Habits:
Reddish brown to dark brown flowers, 2 inches in diameter (5 cm), with a strong spicy strawberry scent.

Fruiting Habits:
Fragrant, urn-shaped capsules


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