Eastern Sweetshrub
Calycanthus floridus var. glaucus

Family: Calycanthaceae
Genus: Calycanthus (kal-ee-KAN-thus) (Info)
Species: floridus var. glaucus
Synonym:Calycanthus glaucus
Synonym:Calycanthus floridus var. laevigatus
Synonym:Calycanthus fertilis

Category:

Herbs

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Aromatic

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Albertville, Alabama

Chunchula, Alabama

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Tampa, Florida

Greenville, Indiana

Natchez, Mississippi

Elba, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Hallieford, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia

Vienna, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On May 17, 2010, Switz from Bucklin, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just bought an Eastern Sweetshrub and the tag said hardy to zone 5. I hope this is the case as we are in north Missouri. Will update as it becomes established.

Neutral

On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Calycanthus fertilis SWEETSHRUB Dec (z6) (ENa,Fra)
We're solving a mystery:some books say C.fertilis is more fragrant,some say C.floridus. Our fertilis haven't bloomed yet but soon we'll know! For now,these somewhat smlr shrubs have similar wine-colored fls.S-PS/M
(FOREST FARM)