Sweetshrub Carolina AllSpice (2-3 Foot)

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Scientific Name:
Calycanthus floridus
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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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  • 5
    Great product, great info on website

    Posted by Matt on 03/31/22

    Def recommend ordering from the Treestore. Great selection, details and planting info extremely clear, customer care super responsive and polite. No complainants!

  • 5
    Arrived in very good condition.

    Posted by Barb Henshaw on 07/07/21

    Would order from the tree store again

  • 5
    Carolina Allspice

    Posted by gisele pernell-toothman on 07/05/21

    Arrived on time and in perfect shape. Will get it planted this evening. Can hardley wait to watch it grow. My Grandma had these when I was a child and I remember the smell simply amazing.

  • 5
    Carolina Sweetshrub/allspice

    Posted by Valerie A. Brennan on 05/14/21

    Packaged very well, already budding out. Time will tell how well it does from now. Thanks!

  • 3
    new shrub progress

    Posted by Michele on 06/28/20

    Kind of surprised this shrub (of quite a few that I ordered) is not looking so great, even though it is planted near another recent purchase from The Tree Store that looks great. Kind of difficult to give accurate ratings, when asked immediately after purchase, because we can never know where the plant and the weather elements (along with our care) will lead. It's doing sort of OK a couple weeks after planting.

  • 4

    Posted by Keith McNeil on 04/02/20

    Received two bare root plants but the plants in water as recommended. One developed buds and was planted. The other is still in water but no buds yet.