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Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus floridus

Common name Carolina allspice; sweetshrub
Family calycanthaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-9)
Flowers rusty red (late spring into summer)
Size to 8'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil
From seed scarify seed, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Suckering glossy-leaved deciduous shrub, native to the U.S. southeast. The flowers are known for their fruity fragrance. Our seedlings are offspring from the 'Athens' cultivar, whose flowers are yellow, but the one survivor that started blooming after four years bloomed in the regular dark red color. Which is fine by me.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from 'Athens' via HPS/MAG '09/'10 exchange. Nicked with file, baggy 70F (100%G, 9-18d)
  2. Seed from NARGS '19/'20 exchange. Nicked with file, baggy 70F (60%G, 13-16d)

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