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CALYCANTHUS

Commonly known as California spicebush, Californian allspice

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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.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - oval to oblong-lance-shaped dark-green leaves to 20cm (8in) long, sometimes turning yellow in autumn.
  • Red - brownish red
  • Height - 3m (10ft)
  • Spread - 4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub - vigorous, spreading shrub. Produces dark-red flowers 5cm (2in) across with linear, brown-tipped petals.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - bark has a strong camphor smell when scraped.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - USA (California)
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers
  • Scented foliage
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
Calycanthus - Growing Guide
3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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CALYCANTHUS 'Aphrodite'

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Exceptionally large, fragrant red flowers, re-blooming
£35.00 each
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Large £55.00 
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CALYCANTHUS chinensis

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

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

CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Purpureus'  >


Commonly known as: Carolina allspice, Carolina sweetshrub.
Leaves tinged purple beneath
Large £40.00 each
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CALYCANTHUS raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'  AWARD

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