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Sale Hartlage Wine spicebush flower

Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' (sweetshrub)

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Deciduous shrub

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.

  • more heavy flowering with bigger flowers than other sweetshrubs - more wow factor
  • flowers earlier than other sweetshrubs, thereby extending the season
  • if you've got a lot of shade on your hands, this is a good plant for you - Hartlage Wine loves dappled shade or afternoon shade
  • over time, it will start to colonize an area via underground runners - we like colonizers becuase they do the work of filling in blank spaces
Common Name
Carolina allspice, Raulston allspice, strawberry shrub, sweetshrub, bubby bush, bubby blossom, sweet bubby, sweet bettie, spicebush
Other Names
X Sinocalycalycanthus raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Growth Rate
Flower Color
burgundy, red
Showy Flower?
Flower Season
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: green
  • Summer: medium green
  • Fall: yellow
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Native To
Hybrid origin
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden soil, moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
Light Requirements
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.
Plant Patent
Are the flowers fragrant?
Hartlage Wine's flowers are not fragrant as far as I can tell, but others say they are slightly fragrant. Maybe if sniffed them the wrong time of day or the wrong phase in their lifecycle.

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