Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Eastern Sweetshrub Wednesday April 24, 2013

This post is for Outdoor Wednesday and Wildflower Wednesday.
Calycathus floridus
Eastern Sweetshrub is sometimes called Carolina Allspice or Strawberry Shrub.

Usually only 5 or 6 feet tall, Sweetshrub can grow up to 10 feet.
The flowers have a fruity aroma.
To me they smell like apples.

 Native to the Eastern United States, they seem to enjoy the dappled shade under my pine trees.
Their cousins, Calycathus occidentalis, can be found in California and Oregon.

Calycathus oil, distilled from the flowers, is used to make perfume.

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  1. Thanks for expanding my nature horizons. I haven't seen Sweetshrub before. The blooms look so thick and velvety.

  2. Fascinating flower - I love the colour. Thanks for introducing me to it.

  3. I love that shrub -- they're not here on the prairie! And what a pretty flower. Aren't flowering shrubs the best!

  4. Nothing I enjoy more than pretty flowers or plants. Loved seeing yours.

  5. That is so elegant and beautiful. The color is awesome for a flower, i wonder how it smells like.

  6. I almost bought a sweetshrub (in bloom) at the Botanic Gardens plant sale last weekend, but I already had a cartload. After your description, I'm sure I want it!

  7. Beautiful flower with a gorgeous color, that's a lovely shrub.

  8. Sweetshrub is one of my favorite natives. I've heard that women used to put them in their bras as perfume, which accounts for one of their common names "sweet bubby." :)

  9. Wow..that flower is so beautiful and the color is outstanding! Love it!

  10. I've never seen sweet shrub before but it does have such an unusual and pretty flower, too. That's what I love about garden many different plants to learn about! Thank you for sharing this one!

  11. What a pretty flowering shrub and I like the name Carolina allspice.

  12. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and interesting information. I love learning about flowers/nature from other places.

  13. I have Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'growing in my garden and I love it. I think the flower is similar, but the leaves are a little larger. It is a wonderfull plant.

  14. I've been considering this plant, thanks for the photos. Does it bloom for very long?

    1. I haven't noticed exactly how long the blooms last, but I think they do stay for awhile.
      Thanks for your visit and comment
      Lea's Menagerie

  15. What a pretty color to the bloom. And must be ever so scented to be used in perfume! I do not recall ever seeing this one in the wild. Thanks for sharing it today...

  16. What a sweet bloom! I don't think I've seen that before.

  17. I have never seen a Eastern Sweetshrub before. The flowers are unique in color-like a cross between chocolate and burgundy. Very pretty!

  18. Beautiful blooms. Love the colour. Love all the photos.


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