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Sweetshrub - Carolina Allspice
Sweetshrub, also know as Sweet Betsy or Carolina Allspice, is one of the most commonly known plants for it's wonderfully fragrant flowers. More details below!!

Sweetshrub - Carolina Allspice

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Calycathus floridus

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4b-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Abelia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

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. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, the Sweetshrub is ideal for use as a specimen, grouping, background or natural hedge in sunny to partially shaded landscape, flowering shrub or woodland borders. Sweetshrub is ideal for planting close to the house near a window or entryway where the fragrance may drift indoors. Plant additional plants by a favorite path or sitting area. A fine addition to cottage, wildlife and North American native plant gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedge;  10' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Sweetshrubs are exceptionally easy to grow in a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. We've seen no serious insect or disease problems and plants are quite droughyt tolerant when established. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant 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

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