Calycanthus floridus

Carolina allspice, sweetshrub


Synonyms:  Calycanthus floridus var. glaucus

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-9 ft    Width: 6-12 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance, fall color


Recommended Uses: Informal settings where it can be a low hedge plant or specimen. Plant forms small clusters by suckering, so give it room.
Considerations: In the right conditions, the suckering will be aggressive.
Propagation: Transplant suckers, layer, seed.
Availability: FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


Native Habitats: Mesic-wet mesic sites. Slope forests, bluffs, riverine floodplain, upland hardwood forest, slope forest, bottomland forest. Found on stream banks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: