Sweet Shrub, Carolina Allspice, Strawberry Shrub, Bubby Bush, Sweet Betsy 'Athens'

Calycanthus floridus

Family: Calycanthaceae
Genus: Calycanthus (kal-ee-KAN-thus) (Info)
Species: floridus (FLOR-id-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Athens



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

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

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Hull, Georgia

Lula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Waukegan, Illinois

Winchester, Kentucky

Lenox, Massachusetts

Pequannock, New Jersey

Himrod, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Enfield, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Blackstone, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.