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Common Sweetshrub

Category:

A large shrub highly prized for its strong spicy fragrance originating from interesting brownish purple flowers; plant along a walkway or driveway where the flower fragrance can be enjoyed by passers-by

Characteristics

Species:
floridus
Other Species Names:
Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub
Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
9 feet
Genus:
Calycanthus
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
burgundy
Flower Form:
spider
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from early spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Common Sweetshrub has fragrant burgundy spider-like flowers along the branches from early spring to mid summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Common 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

Common Sweetshrub will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 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. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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