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Calycanthus floridus

Native Plants

Carolina Allspice

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Summary

Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) is a robust and unusual flowering shrub worthy of use in almost any garden. As its glossy new foliage appears, strawberry-pineapple scented, burgundy colored,  globe-shaped flowers emerge in great profusion along the stems. This deciduous shrub can mature to 4-8’ tall and 8-10’ wide. Carolina allspice is a carefree choice for use in the border or as a background shrub in shade or sun. A yellow flowered form, ‘Athens’, also exists. Carolina allspice is striking in combination with Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana), flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida), Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). Zones 4-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    dry-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-to-late-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    burgundy 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, brown