AVAILABLE 2019. Why, we wonder, is this shrub, Carolina Allspice to its friends, so seldom seen over here? We don’t know, because Calycanthus Floridus is certainly an attractive shrub with lance-shaped leaves and wonderfully scented deep red flowers that look like miniature water lilies. Sun or semi-shade. Likes moist rich soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
A rarity. Which we like. Prune as required in early spring.
There are two species of Calycanthus native to the USA: this one, which hails from the south eastern regions, as you might imagine, and Calycanthus Occidentalis which is from the west and is known as Californian Allspice. We have grown both and not noted any major differences between them. Or perhaps we just didn't look hard enough.
This video will tell you what you need to know about Calycanthus Floridus:
Calycanthus Floridus is a hardy deciduous shrub with oval leaves and dark red or maroon scented flowers in summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.
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