Calycanthus occidentalis (Spice Bush)
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Plant Description: This is a rounded deciduous shrub with erect, multiple dark brown stems and leathery dark green leaves that have a spicy aromatic fragrance. Flowers are solitary and large reaching 2-3 in, with multiple dark red to purplish petals. Blooms with individual flowers only lasting for a few days. Fruit are woody. Leaves turn a clear yellow before dropping in fall. The leaves of this plant are edible. *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID*
- Height: 5-15ft
- Width: 3-100ft
- Watering needs: regular
- Sun needs: full sun to part shade
- Soil needs: moist; tolerates sand, clay, no drainage, seasonal flooding
- Bloom Time: Spring to summer
- Ripening Time: throughout winter
Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This plant is found near streams, lakes in woodland forests, and moist canyons from 600-5000 ft. We recommend planting in meadowscapes or woodland gardens. This plant is excellent at bolstering habitat. Fast growing once it is established, can form thickets.
*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*
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