Latin: Calycanthus floridus
Other common names: Sweet shrub, Carolina spicebush, Carolina allspice, hairy allspice, eastern sweetshrub, strawberry bush, sweet bubby, sweet Betsy
Mature Height: 6-10′ by 6 to 12′ wide
Soil / Climate: tolerant of a wide range of soil types. Full sun and partial shade tolerant. Plants grown in full sun will be shorter than those grown in part shade.
Notes: Grows in a dense round form at a moderate rate of 12 to 18 inches per year in ideal conditions. Flowers are dark, reddish brown to wine-red and are 1 to 2 inches wide shaped somewhat like a magnolia, long lasting and can be extremely fragrant. Sweet shrub leaves are relatively large, from 4 to 6 inches long and 2 to3 inches wide. In summer leaves are dark green and in fall golden yellow. Fruit is eliptical, 1 to 2 inches long and contains many seeds. Spreads by suckering.