Calycanthus floridus is a deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic foliage that can grow to about 3-4 m high, and the same or more in width. Remarkable when in flower; it has fragrant, red-wine coloured, and many petaled flowers that look a bit like Magnolia flowers; very attractive for pollinators too.
This Calycanthus species is not very often seen in cultivation after the market has been inundated with hybrids. It is a very adaptable shrub that can grow from sun to shade, in almost any type of soil, and is very resistant to pests. A really trouble-free shrub for any garden; on my list of ‘do it for myself’… and DONE!
Germination: the seed coat becomes very hard by the time the fruit gets dark brown: nick the seeds, soak in water for one days and germination follow in about 2 weeks at room temperature. Very easy and rewarding!