Calycanthus floridus


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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Native to mixed deciduous forests and stream banks from Virginia to Florida, Sweetshrub is a 6 to 9 foot tall and wide shrub that has fruity-fragrant, maroon, many-petaled, tulip-like flowers in late spring. The flowers mature into hard brown capsules whose seeds rattle inside in fall. Sweetshrub is a good shrub for the border, or house or fence corner. It is easy in full sun or part shade in average to moist soil. Fall color is a nice bright yellow and looks great with Fothergilla, Aromatic Aster, White Wood Aster, Sumac, and Itea.



Rain Garden

Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture       

Easy to grow

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half, Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


full quart




36 or taller

Flower Color          

Purple, Brown

Bloom Time

Late spring



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9