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Sweet Shrub - Calycanthus Floridus
Known for its sweet aroma, the Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) also is known by three other names, the Bubby Blossom, the Carolina Allspice or the Strawberry Bush. The aroma of the bush is always a floral fruit smell that evokes either a resemblance to melon, pineapple or sweet strawberries. However, there are some that carry a more distinct vinegar aroma, so gardeners are encouraged to purchase while it’s in bloom to know the aroma the plant is noted.
One of the great things about this shrub is that it is hardy and typically is disease and pest free. It is commonly found on slopes and is natively found in deciduous woodlands that incline towards a more acidic soil. However, these shrubs can do well in most soil types that are known to be fertile soil regions. Soils for this type of shrub should be the type that remains moist but drain well. On a positive note, this shrub is drought resistant once well established.
The shrub needs a basic amount of sunlight of no less than between 4 and 8 hours a day. This shrub can tolerate some shade but does better in full open sunlight. They grow naturally from southern Ohio along the eastern seaboard to Florida. At its mature height, it can grow between 6 to 10 feet and has a width span in the maturity of between 6 to 12 feet.
This shrub has oval leaves of dark green with a slight fuzziness and lighter color underneath. In late spring, the shrub bears blossoms of dark red-brown flowers. During the blossom growth period of spring as well as in the full bloom period of summer, these delicate flowers emit their fragrant fruity fragrance which it maintains throughout the blossoming and growth stages. When the flowers are pollinated, they become bell-shaped flowers and can remain on the shrub into the fall and sometimes into the winter months. The leaves turn a beautiful yellow in the Autumn months.
The Sweet Shrub is a very easy plant to grow in almost any type of soil. The sweet shrubs growth is less than a foot a year. The sweet shrub blooms flowers in May that smell great.