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Calycanthus 'Hartlage Wine'

Calycanthus 'Hartlage Wine'
Early May bloom
sweet shrub
Late April buds
Synonym(s) Calycanthus x raulstonii, x Sinocalycalycanthus
Common name sweet shrub
Family calycanthaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-8)
Flowers burgundy (spring-summer)
Size 7'
Light sun-part shade

Interspecific hybrid between Calycanthus floridus and Sinocalycanthus sinensis, introduced by the J.C. Raulston arboretum. It has the glossy leaves of the Sinocalycanthus we used to grow (it gave up a few years ago), and large magnolia-like flowers starting in mid-spring. Despite the common name, this one is reportedly not fragrant, but it does sport attractive yellow fall foliage.

Calycanthus 'Hartlage Wine'
sweet shrub
Flowers don't last long – but I kind of like the spent ones, too

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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