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Calycanthus floridus
Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus
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A lovely deciduous plant, Calycanthus floridus has masses of wonderful, maroon coloured flowers which have a fragrance similar to ripe apples.  It has lustrous, dark green leaves which are aromatic when bruised and in a good, crisp autumn these leaves turn shades of yellow before falling.

Calycanthus floridus is an enchanting plant suitable for gardens of most sizes and woodland areas.

Supplied Size: 3L pots (approx 30 - 40 cm tall)

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. May require protection from severe late spring frosts as a young plant, as these can damage the new growth and young leaves.
  • Flowering Period: June - July.
  • Flower Colour: Maroon
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Calycanthus floridus grows to be a large branching, rounded shrub.
    • Height: 3 m (10 ft)
    • Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
  • Pruning: Prune immediately after flowering to shape or maintain compactness if required.
  • Notes: A specimen of Calycanthus floridus, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery had reached a height of 2 m and a spread of 2 m after 12 years.

Further Information

Calycanthus floridus is native to the South Eastern United States of America, from Virginia southwards, and was first introduced to Britain by Mark Catesby, author of the Natural History of Carolina in 1726.

The leaves, wood and roots of this large shrub have pleasant, camphor like fragrance, especially developed in the dried wood; the bark has even been used as a substitute for cinnamon.

Extract from an information poster in our arboretum

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