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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
Other common names
Carolina allspice strawberry shrub
Calycanthus are deciduous shrubs with simple, aromatic leaves and solitary, fragrant flowers in summer
Calycanthus floridus is also known as the spicebush. It is a dense, spreading, bushy and sometimes suckering deciduous specimen shrub, bearing oblong to oval dark green to yellow leaves with hairy undersides. Dark brownish-red calyx-like strappy-petalled very fragrant flowers are borne at the ends of short branchlets in May. The fragrance is described as combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana. Urn-shaped fruit capsules follow flowers and persist throughout the winter.
Toxicity All parts highly toxic if ingested
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Prefers moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade where it grows taller, but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and some sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Autumn colour is better in its native habitat.
Propagate by softwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders
Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Prune immediately after flowering to shape and maintain size. Remove root suckers promptly. Tends to form colonies in the wild.
Pests Generally pest-free. Tolerates deer
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