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Sinocalycanthus chinensis
  • Sinocalycanthus chinensis
  • Sinocalycanthus chinensis

Sinocalycanthus chinensis

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(Chinese Allspice) Sinocalycanthus chinensis is a stunning, rare and deciduous shrub with fantastic flowers which was first introduced to Britain from central China in 1989 by Roy Lancaster.

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A stunning, rare and deciduous plant with fantastic flowers which was first introduced to Britain from central China in 1989 by Roy Lancaster. We were proud to exhibit a flowering specimen at the 1992 Chelsea Flower Show! Sinocalycanthus chinensis has lovely, large, creamy white, magnolia-like flowers with yellow centres in mid summer.

The leaves are glossy, lush green, oval and usually quite large although they can in fact can vary in size from 5 - 20 cm long on established plants.


  • Position: Warm in full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Well drained yet moist, fertile soil. Sinocalycanthus chinensis generally does not grow well in a shallow, chalky soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Sinocalycanthus chinensis appreciates protection from cold winter winds.
  • Flowering Period: May - July.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Eventually a large, densely branching shrub.
    • Height: up to 3 m (10 ft)
    • Spread: up to 4 m (13 ft)
  • Notes: The large leaves can be a tempting target for slugs and therefore slug pellets or cultural control of slugs is advised. This plant was formerly called Calycanthus chinensis.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Medium, Shrub - Large
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Flowering in Summer, Flowering in Spring, Scented, Suitable for Containers

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