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Meet the Breeder

Tim Wood
Grand Haven, MI, USA

SIMPLY SCENTSATIONAL®

Sweetshrub, Carolina allspice, Sweet Betsy

Calycanthus floridus

'SMNCAF'

USPP 33,550; CBRAF

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  • Amazing fragrance
  • Native species
  • Long blooming
Description

As soon as you come near Simply Scentsational calycanthus, your nose knows: this is something special. It is the calycanthus that actually lives up to - maybe even exceeds - the oft-described (but seldom smelt!) hints of pineapple and bubblegum in the fragrance. Selected and refined over an 18 year period by Spring Meadow's Tim Wood, the blooms of this North American native are an intriguing deep maroon and appear in abundance through late spring and summer. The blooms are powerfully fragrant, even when they are wilted - you've really just got to smell it for yourself.

USDA Zone
4 - 9 (-30°F/-34.4°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
6'
Width
4 - 5'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Spring - summer
Flower Color
Red
Foliage Color
Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil

Adapts to most soils; moist soils with organic matter are preferred.

Pruning

Prune to shape after flowering.

Uses

Mixed borders; perennial beds; hedges; foundation plantings; screening and privacy.

Growing Tips

Grow in well-drained, acidic media. Flowers on old wood, so late-season trimming the season before sale should be avoided. Large foliage necessitates larger containers for best results. Benefits from a protected site and/or heavy mulch in colder end of its hardiness range.