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Species: Calycanthus floridus

(kal-i-kan'thuss flor'i-duss)

Calycanthus floridus

Sweetshrub; Carolina Allspice

Found on Course Walks

Flowering Landscape Shrubs

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

None Listed

Cultivars

Several cultivars, those below are most often found in the trade.

'Aphrodite', 'Athens', 'Edith Wilder', 'Hartlage Wine', 'Luslawice', 'Margarita', 'Michael Lindsey', 'Purpureus', 'Towe', 'Urbana', 'Venus'

Ornamental Characteristics

Shrub > 8 feet

6' - 9' (6' - 12' spread)

Deciduous

Large branching that may arch in shadier sites

shade or sun

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun, Part shade

4a

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

very fragrant but not conspicuous dark red-brown flowers in May; shiny, dark green leaves turn yellow in fall; fruit persists into winter

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

very resistant; maintenance and problem free

Bare Root Transplanting


Other

native to southeastern U.S. (Virginia to Florida); easily transplanted; doesn't need a lot of pruning

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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