Calycanthus floridus

Carolina allspice

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Red, Brown


Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

The various 'allspices' are highly aromatic with conspicuous flowers, quite different in appearance from other shrubs and very easy to grow. The Carolina allspice is perhaps the most popular, slightly hardier than its cousins and developing into a large handsome and well-behaved bush. Its foliage, glossy and apple green, is deciduous but looks evergreen, and is spicily aromatic, as are the remarkable opulent red-purple flowers which stand out against the fresh foliage. The species comes from damp coastal habitats, but needs well-drained soil. This shrub grows well on the edge of a woodland garden, in a shrub garden, or as a specimen near entryways where its fragrant scent can be appreciated.

Family: Calycanthaceae

Genus: Calycanthus

Species: floridus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red, Brown

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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