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The lovely and unexpected native Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) is a dense, rounded woody deciduous shrub with highly unusual saturated reddish-maroon blossoms and an aromatic fragrance that's unlike anything you've smelled before! Another common name is Carolina Allspice because you find them widely growing in those states. They are also known as the Hairy Allspice, which is in reference to the hairy twigs and leaf undersides of this plant. It is also called the Strawberry Bush because of the fragrant blooms carrying a scent best described as combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana! If you haven't picked up on the spice theme - they're aromatic top to bottom!

Featuring very fragrant, 2" reddish-burgundy to pinkish-maroon flowers that bloom in May and cover the shrub in vibrant color! Pollinators adore these blooms as much as you will! These flowers give way to brownish, urn-shaped seed capsules that mature in fall and are eaten by many bird species. Lustrous, dark green 6" long leaves have pale green undersides for a lovely two-tone effect in the breeze and are highly aromatic when rubbed or brushed against in the garden!

You'll love how they turn golden yellow in fall and highlight the seedpods! These heat-tolerant ornamental shrubs are hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 through 9 and can reach 6-8 feet in height and 8-10 feet in width. These are a boon to wildlife in many ways! Known to attract Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Wrens, Sparrows, Thrushes, Orioles, Finches, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Vireos, and even Hummingbirds! Not to mention a wide variety of pollinators!

Planting and Application:

Use as a specimen near the front door or an allée around your seating areas. Highlight the corner of your patio or other outdoor living areas so that the fragrant flower and leaf aroma can best be enjoyed. It is utilized in the mixed-shrub border, and is equally lovely included in a native row along the foundations of your home!

Suckering freely when allowed, Sweetshrubs form dense thickets and naturalize out-of-the-way areas and native planting displays. These groves provide privacy for you and cover, shade, roosting and nesting for birds and wildlife! Create your own woodland oasis or lush wildlife habitat in your own backyard! Sweetshrub blooms are lovely cut flowers, and the blooms, leaves, twigs and bark are often dried to use in potpourri! The dried bark is a substitute for cinnamon!

  • Unique Reddish-Burgundy to Pinkish-Maroon Flowers in May
  • Deep Green Foliage & Golden Fall Color
  • Fragrant & Aromatic! Cut Flower & Potpourri
  • Naturalizes By Suckers, Shelterbelts, Hedge, Groves & Privacy
  • Native Food & Shelter Resource For Birds, Wildlife & Pollinators

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Sweetshrubs are 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. These natives are very pest free and easy to grow! They're also deer resistant and perfect to include in a fire-scaping landscape plan.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moist to Average Rich Soil
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Firescaping & Low-Maintenance Native Plantings
  • Deer-Resistant, Pest & Disease Free

You and your backyard birds will adore the vibrant, unusual blossoms of this tough and hardy native shrub! Order your own fragrant Sweetshrub from NatureHills.com today so that everything living in your world can benefit from biodiverse native plantings and phenomenal out-of-this-world ornamental beauty!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sweetshrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Calycanthus floridus
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Aromatic
Foliage Aromatic
Foliage Color Deep Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering