(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.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall), Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Damp / Wet
- Special Features
- Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Flowering Season - Spring (March - May), Scented, To grow in a pot