Calycanthus floridus
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Calycanthus floridus

Carolina allspice

  family calycanthaceae 
  genus calycanthus 

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Genus  Calycanthus Species  floridus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweetshrub   Carolina allspice Family  CALYCANTHACEAE Specimen number  S11627 Data source  HtZn p89;Frgnt p119
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 9' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-04 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers and leaves of Calycanthus floridus have a strong pineapple-like perfume. Carolina allspice (also known as sweet shrub) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species likes full sun to partial shade. It usually does best in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  urn-shaped fruit in winter Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fruity smelling flowers,fragrant leaves. flowers have a very ripe pineapple Fragrance parts  Flowers   Leaves Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Pineapple Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Calycanthus floridus probably originates from Southern US.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Calycanthus floridus is a woody perennial. Flowers: Carolina allspice (locally known in some parts as sweet shrub) has flowers with strap like petals. The flowers are usually a burgundy color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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