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Athens Sweetshrub*

Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'

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Athens Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus 'Athens') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Athens Sweetshrub flowers

Athens Sweetshrub flowers

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Athens Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus 'Athens') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Athens Sweetshrub

Athens Sweetshrub

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  9 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub


A large and dense shrub with reliable sweet spicy fragrance emanating from interesting brownish purple flowers; plant along a walkway or driveway where the flower fragrance can be enjoyed by passers-by

Ornamental Features

Athens Sweetshrub has fragrant yellow spider-like flowers along the branches from early spring to mid summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Athens Sweetshrub is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Athens Sweetshrub is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Athens Sweetshrub will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features
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