• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Late spring through mid-summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-i-KAN-thus FLOR-i-dus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring through mid-summer
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasExceptional shrub for the all native gardens. Integrate into wild garden compositions for color and fragrance. Works well along fence lines and against bare walls. Superior background for the perennial garden or as low maintenance choice to the shrub border.
    Companion PlantsGrow with other specatcular southeastern natives such as Yellow Trumpet Vine, (Campsis radicans 'Flava'), Hummingbird Summersweet, (Clethera alnifolia 'Hummingbird'), Glowlight Louisiana Iris, (Iris louisiana 'Glowlight') and Belle Etoile Mock Orange, (Philadelphus x lemoinei 'Belle Etoile').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This shrub is native to the American south, its range spanning many states from the Gulf Coast to Virginia and as far north as New York. It was named Calycanthus after the Greek for calix and flower, describing its characteristic colored calix. The current name was recorded in 1726. It is perhaps the most widely planted and beloved native of the southeast.
    This shrub is called allspice because its flower fragrance resembles the culinary spice.