Calycanthus floridus – Carolina Allspice (south-eastern North America)
Habit: Upright normal shrub, 2-3 m tall, 2 m wide, slow-growing.
Flowers: Exceptional, dark red-brown, star-shaped flowers with fruity fragrance, May to June, single second blossoms.
Leaves: Elliptical to elongatedly pointed, dark green, very persistent; pale autumn colours in November.
Roots: Shallow, spreading, fleshy roots, sensitive to great droughts.
Demands: Sun to semi-shady; avoids heat and drought; usually frost hardy.
Soil: Fresh to moist, deep, loamy and nutritious, acidic to slightly alkaline.
Note: All plant parts develop an aroma when rubbed.
Hardiness: Zone 6b