CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Michael Lindsey'
Plant Common Name
Michael Lindsey Sweetshrub, Sweetshrub
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Fragrant with scents of fruit and spice, the unusual flowers, and a dense, rounded shape of the Michael Lindsey Carolina allspice make this shrub perhaps the finest selections. A rounded, well-branched deciduous shrub, it is native to the extreme southeastern United States, from Virginia to Florida.
Its leaves are ovals with a gracefully and elegantly pointed tip, and shiny dark green with a lighter gray-green underside. As the leaves begin to emerge in spring, the flowers appear on short stems. They open a rich, deep maroon and look like a stumpy octopus. Wonderfully fragrant, they release a scent like a a warm, sweet fruit salad. Pollinated flowers become pear-shaped brown capsules that are also fragrant if broken. In autumn, the leaves of 'Michael Lindsey' consistently turn an attractive golden yellow.
Plant Carolina allspice in any humusy well-drained soil and partial sun or partial shade. It tolerates deeper shade and drier soils, but will not grow as robustly or flower as heavily as a gardener would hope. Exceptionally good in form with a compact, dense, rounded habit, 'Michael Lindsey' must be included in a mixed shrub border or foundation planting, and should be located near a patio or walkway so the floral fragrance can be noted. Any pruning should be done immediately after flowers fade.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m
Early Summer, Summer
United States, Southeastern United States
Spring, Summer, Fall
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Sharp or Has Thorns