|Calycanthus floridus Sweetshrub|
It is a 6-12 ft. deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Terminal blossoms are solitary and dark red with numerous overlapping, strap-like petals. Flower are often quite fragrant. The leaves become yellow in fall but are usually not showy. It is very resistant to disease and insect problems.1
I planted three of these interesting shrubs in my shade garden several years ago. They delight me more each year.
|The shrubs' first spring.|
|Located at the back of the shade garden.|
|Spring 2011 - they filled out nicely.|
|Sweetshrub adds another texture and fragrance to the shade garden.|
|Sweet shrub flower|
|Sweet shrub seedpod in summer|
|The 'capsule' turns brown in the fall.|
Last weekend we had the first snowstorm of the winter season. (It's amazing that it didn't arrive until near the end of January.) My garden looks so much better covered in snow: The true bones of the garden appear and you can better appreciate those plants with winter interest, like sweetshrub.
|I awoke to snow falling at the weekend.|
|Three calycanthus shrubs next to the garden swing.|
|Seed pods remain on the shrubs.|
|Seed pod in the snow.|
|I am so glad I didn't cut down the ornamental grasses.|
Most of the snow has gone already and my garden is a mess of mud. What a weird winter this is.
I am celebrating native plants today with Gail at Clay and Limestone.
Happy Wildflower Wednesday!
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