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Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' (Sweetshrub)

Sweetshrub 'Michael Lindsey', Carolina Allspice 'Michael Lindsey', Strawberry-Bush 'Michael Lindsey', Sweet Bubby 'Michael Lindsey', Sweet Betsy 'Michael Lindsey', Spicebush 'Michael Lindsey'


Valued for the sweet, fruity fragrance of its flowers, Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' is a compact, dense, rounded, well-branched deciduous shrub that is regarded as one of the best cultivars of Carolina Allspices. Exceptionally fragrant, with scents of fruit and spice, reddish-brown flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), somewhat resembling magnolia blossoms, are produced in abundance at the ends of short branchlets in late spring - early summer before giving way to urn-shaped fruits which mature to brown in fall and persist throughout the winter. The lustrous foliage of dark green oval leaves, with gracefully and elegantly pointed tips and lighter gray-green underside, consistently turns an attractive golden-yellow in fall. All plant parts of this ravishing native to the extreme southeastern United States, from Virginia to Florida, are fragrant - including leaves, seed pods and bark which exude a spicy scent when crushed.

  • This multi-stemmed shrub grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm). Will grow at a moderate rate under ideal growing conditions of deep, moist, loamy soil and with partial shade. Growth rate will be much slower in dry soil and full sun.
  • Sweetshrub tends to spread by growing new shoots (suckers) along the outer edges of the clump. Remove root suckers promptly if naturalization is not desired.
  • Winner of the Gold Medal Award of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including clay soils, but prefers rich loams. Tolerates deeper shade but will not grow as well or flower as heavily. Plants grown in full sun will be shorter than those grown in part shade.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, foundation plantings, woodlands, along streams and ponds or naturalized areas. Plant it where you will be able to enjoy its perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck. Flowers are long lasting on the shrub and also make good cut flowers. They can also be dried and added to potpourri.
  • No serious insect or disease problems. Deer resistant!
  • Prune after flowering to shape or maintain compactness.
  • Plants can be propagated by seed, but seedlings may differ from the parent plant in fragrance and other characteristics. Sweetshrub is easy to transplant, ideally during the fall or winter after leaf fall.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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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 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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