General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: leaves turn yellow in fall
Flowers: Showy
Other: Try to purchase sweetshrub when in bloom to find one with fragrance. There is variation in the amount and nature of the perfume. The flowers also seem to become more fragrant as they age.
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: Ruminants are reported to have a toxic reaction from grazing this plant. Calycanthus contains calycanthine, an alkaloid similar to strychnine, and it is toxic to humans and livestock if consumed in large quantities.
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Other info: Seed needs to be fresh. Plant right away or stratify for 60 days before planting.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Bush Id please by gardengus Jul 7, 2019 6:54 PM 5
Cinnamon Smelling Plant by Random341 May 7, 2019 10:11 PM 2
Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) by unkveg18 Jul 4, 2018 5:19 PM 3
Looking for Jelly Palm Seeds by TexasPlumeria87 Jun 21, 2018 1:16 PM 0
Carolina allspice or spicebush? by Kabby Apr 11, 2018 9:58 PM 3
free seeds - sweet shrub michael lindsey by JB Jul 29, 2018 8:20 AM 3
Spring 2018 by HollyAnnS May 20, 2018 6:49 PM 78
What's Blooming - Photos and Chat. by NJBob Aug 20, 2019 8:24 PM 1,242
July 2017 Blooms by cybersix Aug 5, 2017 2:26 PM 535
Cuttings...need advice.. by outofthegreen Aug 30, 2016 1:29 AM 19

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