Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' (sweetshrub)
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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!
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.
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.