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Calycanthus chinensis (Chinese Sweetshrub)

Chinese Sweetshrub, Chinese Wax Shrub, Sinocalycanthus chinensis


Calycanthus chinensis (Chinese Sweetshrub) is a large, upright-rounded, densely branched, deciduous shrub boasting white, sometimes tinged pink, nodding flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), from mid-late spring to early summer. Resembling camellia blossoms, each cup-shaped flower features white overlapping outer tepals, smaller pale yellow inner tepals with maroon markings and a ring of yellow stamens. Blooming for about a month at the ends of short branchlets, the flowers have no fragrance unlike Calycanthus occidentalis (Carolina allspice). The lush and lustrous foliage of large, broadly elliptical, medium green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), turns a soft yellow in fall.

  • Grows up to 5-10 ft. tall and wide (150-300 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, foundation plantings, woodlands.
  • No serious insect or disease problems.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or root softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer with bottom heat.
  • Native to China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spacing 96" – 120" (240cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 10' (150cm – 3m)
Spacing 96" – 120" (240cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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