Calycanthus floridus

Common name: Carolina Allspice

Native plant

I have seen this one used in gardens, but have not seen it growing in the wild. This shrub is native to the Eastern US. In mid-May, the flowers are maroon with a delightful fresh strawberry fragrance, which is strongest in the evening. Flowers and leaves have been used as sweet smelling potpourri and placed in drawers among clothes. Fruit is corn-like in shape and remains on the plant after December. This plant requires protection from the wind, half-day sun, and good garden soil.

Limited availability.


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Price Level: 
Woodies- Standard Shrub
Sizing Options: 
1 Gallon
5 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
10 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

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