Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Favorite Shrub- Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus floridus- Common Sweetshrub (also known as Carolina Allspice, Strawberry Shrub, Sweet Betsy)

  • Native to the Southeast US
  • Trouble-free shrub with few pest or disease problems
  • Excellent garden plant that tolerates sun to shade, and can be used in wet sites
  • Wonderful spicy fruit scented maroon flowers from May into July (Fragrance is best in the evening)
  • Large egg shaped brown fruits in the fall and decorate the plant through winter
  • All parts of the plant are aromatic when rubbed (the bark was been used as a cinnamon substitute)
Flowers are pollinated by small beetles, (flowers pollinated by beetles are relatively simple, purplish, and have musty, spicy, or fruity scents. For more info on pollination see Marketing Scents and Spring Hopes Eternal)