The Q&A Archives: Source for "Sweet Shrub" (a.k.a. Carolina Allspice)

Question: I am hunting a shrub, the only name I know it by is sweet shrub. It has small, deep maroon, spiky flowers. Sharon Blagburn Pensacola, FL

Answer: The shrub you seek is Calycanthus, commonly called sweet shrub or Carolina Allspice. They are easy to grow, thriving in any well drained, fairly fertile soil that is not too dry. No systematic pruning, beyond removal of dead or overly crowded branches,is necessary. You can find them by contacting The Flowery Branch, P.O. Box 1330, Flowery Branch, GA 30542; ph# 404-536-8380, or Louisiana Nursery, Rt 7 box 43, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph# 318-948-3696.

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