Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich, loam
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July
Bloom Color: red, crimson, brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, cut flowers, fall interest, fragrant flowers, fragrant plant, hedging plant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Calycanthus floridusAlso known as:
Calycanthus floridus is a deciduous shrub with great ornamental value. Its green leathery leaves turn brilliant yellow in fall. It produces crimson-colored terminal flowers that are dense with overlapping petals. The flowers exude a sweet, spicy fragrance, as do the leaves when crushed. The large seed pods are urn-shaped, densely packed seeds, and will persist on the plant well into winter.
Eastern sweetshrub is very easy to grow and adaptable to a range of soil and light conditions. It prefers moist, well-drained, rich and deep loams. It tolerates open shade but might become leggy. If planted in more sun, it will retain a denser, well-rounded form. It can be pruned to encourage compact growth. This should be done immediately after flowering. It has a suckering habit. Unwanted growth should be removed promptly if the shrub is to used as a specimen. A good hedging plant that should be kept close to foot traffic to take advantage of its fragrance. Bloom times are from April to July. Zones 5-8
Propagate from seed. Suckers can be dug out and transplanted with some pampering. Can also be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings.
Easy to grow and disease free. The seed pods do not open on their own, but rely on mice and chipmunks to chew them open and disperse the seeds.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: FL
- Threatened: KY
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