common sweetshrub Calycanthaceae Calycanthus floridus L. Listen to the Latin symbol: CAFL22 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval to elliptical, entire margins, 3 to 6 inches long, smooth dark green above, whitened and pubescent below.
Flower: Dark brownish red, 1 to 2 inches across, numerous sepals and petals, strong strawberry like odor, appearing May to July.
Fruit: Green turning to light brown, somewhat woody at maturity, bell-shaped "capsule", 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, borne on a stalk, matures in late summer early fall, persistent.
Twig: Moderate in texture, brown; swollen at the opposite, U-shaped leaf scars; fragrant when broken, faint ridges or lines often run down from nodes; buds round and hairy, no end bud.
Bark: Light brown, thin and lenticeled, fragrant.
Form: Dense, rounded shrub to 6 feet.

Looks like: sweet shrub - fringetree - buttonbush - American beautyberry
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Additional Range Information:
Calycanthus floridus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting common sweetshrub.
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External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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