The Q&A Archives: Locating A Fragrant Bush

Question: I am looking for a bush that was in my Grandparents home in Uniontown, PA in 1940-1950. It is also in my aunts yard now but she doesn't know the name of it. It is about 4-5 ft tall with green leaves and pink or red flowers. Later a hard shell pod came on it and the pod was very aromatic, possibly a spicy smell. Do you know of such a bush, is it still available, and will it grow in Oregon?

Answer: I'll bet the plant is Calycanthus floridus, or Carolina Allspice. This is a deciduous shrub with glossy, dark green leaves. It flowers May-July and the flowers have a strawberry-like fragrance. The blooms are followed by brownish, pear-shaped capsules that are fragrant when crushed. If this is the shrub you're looking for, it will grow well in your gardening region and is available from Raintree Nursery, 391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356. Phone (360) 496-6400.

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