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Calycanthus floridus

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Carolina Allspice

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Carolina allspice is a robust and unusual flowering shrub worthy of use in almost any garden. As its glossy new foliage appears, strawberry-pineapple scented, burgundy wine-red, globe-shaped flowers emerge in great profusion along the stems.  This deciduous shrub can mature to 4-8’ tall and 8-10’ wide. Calycanthus floridus 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 Amelanchier canadensis, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Leucothoe fontanesiana, Cornus florida, Polemonium reptans, Geranium maculatum, and Polystichum acrostichoides.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, brown