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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.
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Red, Brown
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to November
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