Carolina Allspice Shrub

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Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus Floridus is Low-maintenance and Provides Great Landscape


The Carolina allspice, formally known as the Calycanthus floridus or nicknamed the eastern sweetshrub and spicebush, is a flowering shrub from the family Calycanthaceae is identifiable by its deep red flowers and sweet fragrance. Non-invasive and found in the Southeastern United States region. With its fabulous scent likened to a dessert and its striking blooms, the Carolina allspice is surprisingly low-maintenance for such a stylish shrub. It provides three seasons of landscape interest, blooming in the spring to the summer and fashioning itself in brilliant golden autumn foliage. Some other nicknames—which, more often than not, allude to its delicately desserty scent—include the bubby bush, hairy allspice, or strawberry bush.


Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus Floridus Is a Flowering Shrub With Sweet Fragrance


Reminiscent of magnolia flowers, the Carolina allspice shrub is deciduous, with elliptical dark green leaves and rusty brown to maroon blooms, not counting the pale yellow 'Athens' variety. Their distinct fragrance differs for each type. Some are spicy as cinnamon, some as chocolatey, and some with a fruity, strawberry-like smell; it is considered odorless or off-scented for the occasional rogue plant. The foliage is notably fragrant when crushed or bruised, and people utilize both flowers and leaves in making potpourri; in the past, people stored them in dresser drawers and boudoirs to keep clothes and linen fresh-smelling.

Its flowers are solitary, with a hypanthium more than two centimeters long, and these flowers are cylindrical, ellipsoid, globose, or pyriform. The flowers are perfect with numerous oblong-elliptic or obovate-lanceolate tepals, with numerous stamens and carpels for each bloom. The fruits are indehiscent pseudocarps eight centimeters long and five centimeters in diameter, formed within the receptacle. The seedpods are perhaps the root of the earthy fragrance, and it would be best to leave them where they are as they will endure into the winter months, lending interest to the barren landscape.


Ideally planted in the spring or fall, the Carolina allspice prefers to thrive in well-drained soil and full to partial sunny conditions. If you are more on the tall side, giving the allspice shade will result in taller specimens as they stretch toward the light. While it is tolerant of clay soils, you must provide the shrub with an inch of water per week until it establishes itself. And while its natural growth habit causes its pleasing, rounded shape, pruning after flowering, preferably in the late winter, can keep it tidier and provide an opportunity for fresh flowering at the tips.


Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus Floridus Plant is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping

Carolina Allspice - Calycanthus floridus - is a shrub for sale and is in high demand because of its dark red blossoms' sweet and pleasant scent.

It is a species of flowering shrub that belongs to the Calycanthaceae family. It is a medium to large shrub native to the eastern United States. You may find them growing in shady woodlands, forests, and along stream banks and rivers. People commonly refer to it as Bubby Bush, Common Sweetshrub, Spicebush, Sweet Betsy, Sweet Bubby Bush, Sweetshrub, Strawberry shrub, or Eastern Sweetshrub.

It is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with oval dark green leaves alternating along the stem. It provides a multi-season interest with colorful spring and summer blossoms and blazing yellow autumn foliage. Its flowers are reddish-brown to purplish-brown, which gives way to fruit capsules that mature in fall and remain throughout the winter. Its gorgeous, fragrant blossoms may be categorized as possessing pineapple, strawberry, and banana elements. When you crush them, their stems and leaves also release a clove or camphor-like smell. 

It is a dense shrub with a rounded habit that may reach a height of 6 to 12 feet and a width of the same or somewhat more prominent. It grows best in partial shade, even though it may thrive in full sun. This plant may endure many soil types, but it may prefer fertile, rich loam, moist soil with good drainage. It may withstand occasional flooding as well as drought conditions.

It is easy to care for a shrub with a moderate growth rate. You may have to prune the plant promptly after blooming in late winter to keep its form. If the shrub gets leggy and has a ragged or overgrown look, it is best to prune it above ground level. You may have to remove root suckers to prevent your plants from becoming invasive.

It is a very versatile plant that makes for a good screen or privacy hedge. You may plant it in the back of a shrub border or a foundation planting. You may use this native in your cutting, sensory, or woodland garden. You may use it as a specimen near the front door, patio, or deck and enjoy its delightful scent.

You may combine it with other natural shrubs to form a border that provides berries, pollen, and shelter for wildlife. It makes beautiful cut flowers, and you may also use its few branches in your flower arrangements. Adding flowers to your vase is a great way to add color, texture, and scent. You may use them in dresser drawers and trunks to keep clothes and linens smelling fresh. They may be dried and added to Potpourri. In addition to being edible, you may use the bark to replace cinnamon in specific recipes and the petals in tea brewing.

Zone: 4 to 9

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Height at maturity: Upto 6 to 10 feet tall and wide

Best time to Harvest: Spring 

Water requirements: Average

Ship as: Bare root

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