common sweetshrub Calycanthaceae Calycanthus
|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
- American beautyberry
| Additional Range Information:
Calycanthus floridus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting common sweetshrub.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson