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Sweetshrub - Carolina Allspice

Sweetshrub - Carolina Allspice

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Calycathus floridus

Sweetshrub, also know as Sweet Betsy or Carolina Allspice, is one of the most commonly known plants for it's wonderfully fragrant flowers. With a combined fragrance of strawberry, cantaloupe, spiced apple, and burgundy wine it's sure to please the soul. The distinctive maroon-red flowers, about 2" across, appear in mid-spring and continue through late May to mid-June. 

Sweetshrub grows best in a fertile, well-drained, moist soil in morning sun or filtered sun. It is very drought, disease, fungus, and insect tolerant. USDA Zones: 4b-9b  Find Your Zone >

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4b-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  4' for solid hedge;  9'+ for space between plants.
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad, Bushy
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Burgundy
Flower Size:  1.5"
Flowering Period:  Late Spring through Summer
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes, strawberry-scented
Foliage Color:  Deep Green 
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun 
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Moderatly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect


Sweetshrub is ideal for planting near a window where the fragrance can drift indoors. Plant additional plants by a favorite path or sitting area. Sweetshrub is the perfect addition to any native or woodland garden. For the gardener that loves fragrance, flowers, and low maintenance Sweet Shrub is a must have.

Other Landscape / Garden Uses:  Containers/Planters, Flowering Shrub Borders, Groupings, Natural Hedges, Landscape Borders, Specimen, Woodland Border, Woodland Garden

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Bird Gardens, Fragrance or Sensory Gardens, Native Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Shade Gardens

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