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Carolina-Allspice

Pot, 6-12" CAAL_6-12 $10.20
Pot, 12-18" CAAL_12-18 $12.40

One of the most fragrant flowers here at our farm is the carolina allspice. The clusters of red flowers perfume the air in early summer with their clove like fragrance. The plants are vigorous and show no signs of deer browse. The large dark green leaves stay that way through summer even if under drought conditions.  The plantings we did at our farm were done in a rather wide open area in a frost pocket at the base of a hill. This area was not ideal and a few plants did not make it at first but as time went on, it turned out to be a good wind break plant as it is slightly stoloniferous and spreads ever so slowly outward from the original plantings. 

All plants produce flowers. It takes about 2-3 years to flower from our 2 year old pot grown seedlings from our planting. The plants bark, leaves, and twigs also have a wonder camphor cinnamon type  fragrance too but it is not to be consumed in any way as it contains rather toxic compounds for humans to consume. 

Completely fine to grow under black walnuts or other lightly shaded areas.

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Calycanthus floridus
Seed Source Michigan
Hardiness -25F or slightly more. Our seed source came from a very cold hardy planting.
Height (ft) 6-8 ft.
Width (ft) 6-12 ft. spreads slowly outward.
Soil Dry to wet and everything in between. Not particular but probably does best in sandy loams that are slightly acidic.
Climate Zone 4-9
Ease of Cultivation One of the best fragrant plants. There seems to be some difference between some individuals as far as intensity of the cinnamon fragrance. Not an edible plant, but certainly a good plant for a lot of uses even windbreaks. The plants can also be mowed down to start over to create a kind of lattice of thick roots to hold soil. Shade tolerant as well with flowers forming even under black walnuts.