Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus

Delightful, strawberry-like fragrance to maroon-brown flowers carried at the ends of leafy branchlets. Blooms are followed by brownish, pear-shaped capsules that are fragrant when crushed. Deciduous.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-i-KAN-thus FLOR-ih-dus
LoreThis shrub is called allspice because its flower fragrance resembles the culinary spice.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring through mid-summer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureNaturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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