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Sale New Calycanthus floridus var. purpureus (sweetshrub)

Calycanthus floridus var. purpureus (sweetshrub)

$29.00
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Shrub

We do like purple here at Cutting Edge Plants (see the purple on our pages?), so we're drawn to the purple backsides of this sweetshrub variety.

Calycanthus floridus is one of our favorite native species, anyway - those flowers being so very original in design. The flowers are the typical burgundy of most other types, but it's those purple leaf undersides that make this unique.

The leaf uppersides are darker green than the species and other types. We like it for that reason too - the color variation amongst the different sweetshrubs in our collection adds interest to our woodland garden.

  • the purple backsides of the leave provide a little extra color and conversational interest for your garden tourists
  • if you've got a lot of shade on your hands, this is a good plant for you - it 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
fragrant flowers, colorful foliage, colinizer
Common Name
sweetshrub, Carolina allspice
Other Names
Calycanthus floridus var. floridus, 'Purpureus'
USDA Hardiness Zones
5a-9b
Size
medium
Class
flowering shrub, deciduous
Shape
round
Height
6-10'
Width
6-10'
Growth Rate
average
Flower Color
burgundy
Showy Flower?
yes
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: dark green, purple
  • Summer: dark green, purple
Fall Leaf Color Quality
n/a
Native to USA?
yes
Native To
East Coast
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
n/a
Do the flowers smell? Sometimes I've notice that not all Calycanthus flowers have that lovely melon-like frangrance.
You are correct, if you want a sweet-smelling sweetshrub, you must buy a named cultivar that's known to have those sweet rewards or make sure you purchase a seedling when in flower, to smell it and make sure it's fragrant. You caught me here though, I forgot to notice on our lone 5' tall shrub if the flowers were fragrant or not! Anybody want to chime in with a review about flower fragrance? It would help us to know!

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