Calycanthus floridus
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. The flowers are especially unique with their numerous petals, deep-maroon color, and a fruity fragrance that is variously described as strawberries, pineapples, or bananas.

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. Somewhat upright form. Will grow to 6 ft. high and 4 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Foundation planting if kept pruned to lower height. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 9
Culture: Easy and adaptable. Full sun to full shade.