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Sweet Betsy  3 gal (Calycanthus floridus)

Sweet Betsy 3 gal (Calycanthus floridus)

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Other Names:  Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub


A large shrub highly prized for its strong spicy fragrance originating from interesting brownish purple flowers; plant along a walkway or driveway where the flower fragrance can be enjoyed by passers-by

Ornamental Features

Common Sweetshrub has fragrant burgundy spider-like flowers along the branches from early spring to mid summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Common Sweetshrub is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.