Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
Raulston's Allspice
 
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Family: Calycanthus Family (Calycanthaceae)
Native Habitat: of garden origin.
   

This unique intergeneric hybrid is the result of a cross between Calycanthus floridus, the southeastern U.S. native known as Carolina Allspice, and Sinocalycanthus chinensis, its rare Chinese counterpart . Sinocalycanthus chinensis was first discovered in eastern China in Zhejiang Province in 1963.

Raulston's Allspice shows a lot of hybrid vigor. It is fairly fast growing and has leaves and flowers much larger than those of Carolina Allspice. The flowers have a more open form as well. It does lack the fragrance that characterizes Carolina Allspice. Garden culture is remarkably easy. If you want a fast growing and easily grown shrub with a lot of flower power, this is a shrub you should put at the top of your list.

Ornamental Characteristics: Lustrous, shiny, green leaves leaves turn clear yellow in fall. Numerous pinkish-maroon flowers, 3 to 4" wide, in late spring and early summer.
Habit & Growth Rate: Fast growth rate. Somewhat upright form. Will grow to 8 ft. high and wide but easily pruned to a smaller size.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Screening. Foundation planting if kept pruned to lower height. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 9
Culture: Easy and adaptable. Best in part shade but will grow well in full sun if given adequate moisture..