Calycanthus floridus “Athens”
Known as- Carolina allspice
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 6 to 9 ft.
Span- 6 to 12 ft.
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to
full shade. Grows somewhat taller in shade than in sun. Tolerant of a
wide range of soils, but prefers a rich loam. Prune immediately after
A dense, rounded deciduous shrub which grows up to 9” tall. Features
very fragrant, yellow flowers (2’ across) which bloom at the end
of short branchlets in May. Flowers give way to brownish, urn-shaped fruits
(seed capsules) which mature in the fall and persist throughout the winter.
Lustrous, dark green leaves to 6’ long which turn golden yellow
in the fall. Best to purchase this plant when in flower, because the quality
and intensity of fragrance tends to vary considerably. Good cut flower.
Common names include Carolina allspice or sweetshrub or strawberry bush
in reference to the fragrant blooms. The species of this cultivar is native
to Eastern North America.
No serious insect or disease problems. A trouble free shrub.
Excellent specimen near the front door, patio or other living areas where
the fragrant scent may be enjoyed, or for the shrub border.