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Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub

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A compact, rounded shrub with reliable sweet spicy fragrance emanating from interesting dark red flowers; deep purple-burgundy leaves transition to shades of yellow and orange in the fall, extending its visual impact; easy to grow and low maintenance


Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
Burgundy Spice
Flower Color:
dark red
Flower Period:
from mid spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Maximum Moisture:
Plant Form:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
Other Species Names:
Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub
Flower Form:
Flower Fragrance:

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub has fragrant dark red spider-like flowers along the branches from mid spring to early summer. It has attractive deep purple foliage with hints of burgundy. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of gold and orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. This plant does not require much in the way of fertilizing once established. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.