Sweet Shrub (Carolina Allspice, Allspice, Spice Bush) - Calycanthus
florida - Native to the southeastern US, this deciduous shrub has rounded
leaves and maroon to brown blooms that appear at the end of the new growth
stems. Crushed flowers have a strong scent of strawberry-banana,
which makes it a favorite of browsing wildlife. The plant is adaptable
to many types of soils, as long as it is well drained, and prefers shade
or partially shaded areas. The bark can be dried and used as a substitute
for cinnamon, and a tea brewed from the root has been used as a diretic
and as an eye drop. The leaves have been used as a moth repellent
and as a disinfectant. Hardy to -20F (-28.8C); height: 4ft.
|#2840 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 25 seeds
|#RC40-2840 40 rooted cuttings $89.00
Athens - Calycanthus florida 'Athens' - A yellow flowered variety, making
a striking garden specimen. Fall foliage is bright yellow.
Hardy to -20F (-28.8C); height: 4ft.
|#RC39-2840 40 rooted cuttings $160.00
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