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Amazing Tropical Fragrance

The Sweetshrub, Calycanthus floridus, or Carolina allspice is a dense, rounded deciduous shrub. Use as a specimen near front door, patio or other living areas where the fragrant flower aroma may be enjoyed.  It is utilized for shrub borders, foundations, and native plant areas.

The sweetshrub grows 6-9' tall with an equal or slightly greater spread. Another common name is hairy allspice which is in reference to the hairy twigs and leaf undersides of this plant.

It features very fragrant, 2" brown to reddish-brown flowers which bloom in May. These flowers give way to brownish, urn-shaped seed capsules that mature in fall. 

Lustrous, dark green 6" long, ovate to elliptic leaves which are pale beneath turn golden yellow in fall. The leaves are aromatic when rubbed.

It is called sweetshrub and strawberry bush because of the reference to the fragrant blooms.The scent has been described as combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana.

It is easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full to part sun.  It grows somewhat taller in shade than in sun, and it is tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers rich loam.

Prune immediately after flowering to shape or maintain compactness.  Remove root suckers promptly if naturalization is not desired.

* Fragrant Reddish Brown Flowers in May

* Fragrant Foliage

* Golden Foliage in Autumn


Plant Facts

Family Calycanthus floridus
Foliage Green
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-10
Mature Form Oval, Round
Growth Rate Slow
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Red Fragrant
Fall Color Yellow


Rating: 4.8/5 based on 5 review(s)
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Old-fashioned Favorite Review by Jo Sanders
I remember my Grandmother calling this a "Spice Bush". I remember it fondly from my childhood. I used to crawl up under the bush and just stay there for a long while breathing in the spicy-sweet aroma of this beautiful shrub. First you get the lovely green long oval leaves, then the spicy-fruity flowers, next the seed pods appear, and lastly, in winter, the bare branches still attract your attention, the seed pods against the snow-covered branches is so lovely! A must for every garden! Plant it where you can visit it often!
Sweeeeeeeeeet Review by SweetHomeAlabama
My mother always had a sweet shrub bush right outside of our front door when I was a kid. I loved that smell when it was in bloom. I used to pick the blooms and put them under my pillow at night to smell them and have "sweet" dreams. I am now a home owner and I am thrilled at the prospect of having this sweet smelling shrub in my life again!
Smells Devine Review by resee
This plant was given to me by a dear OLD friend of mine. She called it Sweet Olive,but now I know the real name.. The smell when blooming is absolutely devine,everyone who smells it cant figure out what it really smells like.. The suckers can be a problem but at least you have plenty to share with friends.. When trimed it makes a very nice attraction to any garden, I wouldnt want to loose mine for sure... Thanks, and happy planting....
Sweetbush Review by Kim
This is a wonderful plant. They smell great. We always called them Bubby Bushes.
Sweetbush Review by Kim
This is a wonderful plant. They smell great. We always called them Bubby Bushes.

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