Plant ID forum: mystery plant that is not western redbud

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Name: Sue Randolph
Manhattan Beach, CA (Los Ange (Zone 10a)
Jun 26, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Does anyone know what this shrub is? The very few flowers it has produced are dark red with spidery elongated petals at the ends of the branches - unfortunately none there now for photograph. It's deciduous and if any flowers appear they come late spring and the leaves are starting to turn yellow already.
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Sue Tutt Randolph
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 26, 2016 3:30 PM CST
Maybe a variety of Calycanthus?
Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus)
Spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis)
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 26, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Calycanthus occidentalis is the one usually available on the west coast. The flowers smell like old red wine barrels. Lovey dubby

They can get out of hand if you let the branches lie on the ground (they root at every leaf node).

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