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Calycanthus floridus (Sweet Shrub)

Spicy, fruity fragrance! In early June, 1-2″ deep maroon flowers appear on the Spicy Sweet Shrub. Blooms last for 3-4 weeks and have a spicy strawberry, a banana-pineapple fragrance that peaks in late afternoon and early evening when flowers are fully open. The Spicy Sweet Shrub develops exotic pods later and is filled with aromatic seeds. In autumn the leaves turn golden yellow. This is a deciduous shrub.

If you’re looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape, look no further than this DeGroot plant group. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, stunning fruit, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom.

Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! Whether you choose one variety or one of each, you’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter, and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
CA680BAG Calycanthus floridus (Sweet Shrub) out of stock $0.00
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BW025000 Shrubs for Birds & Wildlife Collection for Spring 25 out of stock $75.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Calycanthus floridus
Common Name Sweet Shrub'
Family Calycanthaceae
Size 12"-18"
Height 6-9'
Spacing 2-3'
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Light shade to full sun
Foliage Dark green
Flower Deep maroon
Bloomtime Late Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: This shrub is native to the Appalachian stream banks of the Smokies and is known by several names: Bubby Flower, Sweet Shrub, Strawberry Bush, and Sweet Betsy. Thomas Jefferson recorded planting Sweet Shrub at Monticello on March 7, 1778. He planted more in 1794, 1812, and 1815. He gave them as gifts to fellow gardeners and included them in a box of American plants shipped to Madame de Tess© in Paris. Sweet Shrubs have deep maroon flowers with sweet fragrance similar to strawberries in late spring. Deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. The erect, multiple stems create a rounded outline. Terminal blossoms are solitary with numerous overlapping, strap-like petals. Flowers are quite fragrant. Leaves become yellow in fall. It is pollinated by small beetles that were the first pollinators of flowering plants and were instrumental in the evolution of flowering plants, long before bees and flies appeared on the scene.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Sweet Shrubs are ideal for planting close to the house near a window where the fragrance may drift indoors. Plant additional plants by a favorite path or sitting area. Will flower splendidly in full sun, but is best adapted to light shade. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Pests or Diseases: Calycanthus floridus is very resistant to disease and insect problems. It has a prolific suckering habit. Adapts to many soils and grows taller in shaded places.