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CALYCANTHUS

Commonly known as Allspice



A genus of 3 deciduous shrubs from woodland and streambanks in eastern China and USA.

One of the few plants that rely on beetles for pollination as they evolved before winged insects. They are attracted by the spicy scent and are trapped within the nectarless flowers. After pollination the tepals relax allowing the insect to escape.

Used medicinally by American Indians and also for arrow shafts.


  • Deciduous - shrubs. Dark-green leaves are aromatic when crushed.
  • Tall Shrub
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - in warm climates.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - grown for their unusual, fragrant flowers which resemble small water lilies.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - USA
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus- rich.

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CALYCANTHUS 'Aphrodite'

CALYCANTHUS 'Aphrodite'  >

Exceptionally large, fragrant red flowers, re-blooming
£35.00 each
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CALYCANTHUS chinensis

CALYCANTHUS chinensis  >

Large magnolia-like flowers white on the outside and yellowish inside with maroon markings at the base. Very rare
Medium £30.00 each

CALYCANTHUS floridus

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Commonly known as: Carolina allspice, Carolina sweetshrub.
(fertilis) - shiny green leaves with attractive deep carmine magnolia-like flowers.
Small £18.50 each
Large £30.00 each
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CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Athens'

CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Athens'  >


Commonly known as: Carolina allspice, Carolina sweetshrub.
A form with double pale yellow flowers. Very fragrant
£30.00 each

CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Purpureus'

CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Purpureus'  >


Commonly known as: Carolina allspice, Carolina sweetshrub.
Leaves tinged purple beneath
Large £40.00 each

CALYCANTHUS occidentalis

CALYCANTHUS occidentalis  >


Commonly known as: California spicebush, Californian allspice.
Rarer Californian species with larger brownish-red flowers than C. floridus
£35.00 each

CALYCANTHUS raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'  AWARD

CALYCANTHUS raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'  >

This is a new and extremely rare hybrid between Calycanthus and Sinocalycanthus. The flowers have a wine-red centre and white outsides
Medium £35.00 each

CALYCANTHUS 'Venus'

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Four inch wide white flowers with yellow and purple central markings. Strong scent
£35.00 each
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