Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'
Carolina Allspice
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Family: Calycanthus Family (Calycanthaceae)
Native Habitat: Southeastern U.S.

Three characteristics come to mind for us when we think of Carolina Allspice. First, from a cultural standpoint, is how incredibly adaptable this shrub is; second, is it's wonderful shiny foliage; and last are its unparalleled flowers. Those are a lot of good things for a shrub to have going for it, and for the gardener they make this a good shrub, a really good shrub indeed.

This is what some might call an "old-fashioned" plant: it's been grown in American gardens for nearly 300 years. Yet it is still considered in the top rank of shrubs by most horticulturists. 'Athens' is a fairly new selection of this venerable shrub. Its yellow flowers are especially fragrant.

Ornamental Characteristics: Lustrous, shiny, dark-green leaves leaves turn clear yellow in fall. Numerous deep-maroon flowers in May and then sporadically in June and July. Fruity fragrance.
Habit & Growth Rate: Slow to medium growth rate. Dense and mounded form. Will grow to 6 ft. high and 4 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Foundation planting. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 9
Culture: Easy and adaptable. Full sun to full shade.