Sweetshrub – A Deciduous Woody Shrub
Why Sweetshrub (Calycanthus Floridus)?
The Eastern sweetshrub, scientifically known as calycanthus floridus, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Calycanthaceae. It is an erect to rounded deciduous native shrub popular for cultivation due to its highly fruity-fragrant, aromatic leaves, and reddish flowers, as well as its tolerance to a wide variety of soils. Studies show that sap beetles are the primary pollinators of sweet shrubs, and it is not unusual to find them crawling all over the blooms. You may enjoy the fragrant presence of sweetshrubs by growing them as a single specimen or placing it next to a sidewalk or patio.
In addition to having the appearance of a tree with fewer branches, sweetshrubs are also known as Carolina allspice and possess fragrant leaves that release their scent when the plant is crushed.
The blossoms of the sweetshrub have a sweet and fruity aroma, often compared to pineapple, melon, strawberry, banana, or bubble gum; however, there is a considerable variation from plant to plant.
The leaves of a sweetshrub are rather big, placed oppositely along the stems. They are glossy, dark green throughout the summer, and then they become a golden yellow in the fall before dropping off.
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Interactive Excerpt From USDA Plant Guide