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NC Native Plant Society:
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Calycanthus floridus

Sweet shrub; Sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice

Scientific Name:

Calycanthus floridus

Genus:

Calycanthus floridus

Species Epithet:

Calycanthus floridus

Common Name:

Sweet shrub; Sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice

Plant Type

Shrub

Plant Family

Calycanthaceae (Sweet-Shrub Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Forested slopes and streambanks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Blooms

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M Baumeister

Bloom & Buds

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M Baumeister

Seedpod

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M Baumeister

Fall Color

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M Baumeister

A key taxonomic feature is the enlarged area of the stem at the leaf nodes

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Calycanthus floridus. You will likely hear them called Sweet shrub; Sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice. This picture shows the A key taxonomic feature is the enlarged area of the stem at the leaf nodes of Calycanthus floridus

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of the yellow Fall leaf color

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Calycanthus floridus. You will likely hear them called Sweet shrub; Sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice. This picture shows the Close-up of the yellow Fall leaf color of Calycanthus floridus

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU PlantseFloras Plants



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