Calycanthus floridus
“Carolina Allspice”

Photo by Almandine

Heavenly strawberry-banana-scented 2” lotus-shaped flowers in Spring! This eastern cousin of our California native “Allspice Bush” (C. occidentalis) displays many of the same appealing qualities as the western species – vigorous growth, aromatic glossy leaves, lotus-like reddish-brown flowers and an ability to adapt to many planting locations. Winter deciduous, the spicy-scented 4-6” leathery leaves emerge in Spring, quickly forming a rounded 6-10’ high and wide multi-branching shrub. Adaptable to a variety of soils, it sends down suckers to search for moisture. Ideally, plant in moist but well-drained soil in light shade or filtered sun. Top dress with mulch in Winter. Prune to shape. Disease and deer resistant. Tolerates occasional flooding.

Curious Plantsman

Average Water

Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 4-9