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Allspice Calycanthus chinensis

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Sinocalycanthus chinensis
Phonetic Spelling
kal-ee-KAN-thus chi-NEN-sis
Description

Chinese sweetshrub grows best in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil enriched with organic matter.  Do not allow the soil to dry out, as this plant does not tolerate drought.  In areas where the winter temperatures can fluctuate, it should be planted in a protected location.

It has glossy green leaves and large creamy white flowers in the mid-summer.

It has become a rare species in the wild, its survival will not be guaranteed without intervention.

 

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Tags:
#deciduous#deciduous shrub#deer resistant#cream flowers#glossy leaves#large flowers#mid-summer flowers
 
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Tags:
#deciduous#deciduous shrub#deer resistant#cream flowers#glossy leaves#large flowers#mid-summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Calycanthus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Calycanthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern China
    Wildlife Value:
    Small beetles pollinate the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits are top-shaped. They overwinter on the shrub.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    The creamy pinkish-blue to white outer portion of the petals. Yellow inner portion with maroon markings. Yellow stamens. Blooms resemble camellias.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The 6" leaves are a glossy dark green. They have a bit of roughness on the upper surface.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators