Hartlage Wine sweetshrub brings bodaciousness to the otherwise demure-looking flower of a never-the-less beloved native shrub. It's a strange and captivating flower, but prone to blending in amongst the leaves - thus, demure.
Hartlage Wine gives gardeners the visual wow factor from bigger and showier flowers, borne more abundantly on the shrub.
Plus, these flowers arrive earlier in the season (by 2 weeks) that the others, thereby extending the Calycanthus calendar. We should all have Calycanthus calendars!
The flowers have a very-very-very faint smell. Some say they don't. So for my nose, maybe it's just the smell of botanical material (like a leaf smells "green"), but there is a whiff of something if you catch it at the right moment. Don't plant it for a fragrant garden, though, because it sure doesn't live up to its relatives' fragrance!
Like its native relatives Calycanthus floridus var. purpureus and C. floridus 'Athens', Calycanthus x raulstonii is great for woodland gardens or at least afternoon shade.
We enjoy the rich yellow to "burnt" yellow fall color that Hartlage Wine displays every year.
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X Sinocalycalycanthus raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
- Spring: green
- Summer: medium green
- Fall: yellow
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden soil, moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
full sun, part shade, full shade
To Make It Thrive
In the Deep South, Calycanthus loves growing in dappled shade or in a location where it receives morning sun, but shade all afternoon. For this shady reason, it's a good partner for a hydrnagea garden. Further north, it can tolerate more sun and in the sun it doesn't grow quite as tall. It prefers a rich, loamy soil (a woodland soil). Calycanthus will thrive and colonize in the situations herein described.