Sweetshrub

The sweetshrub - Calycanthus - is a genus of flowering plants - easy and sweet !
Common name : Sweetshrub
Scientific name : Calycanthus
Family : Calycanthaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Sun loving
Sun loving
Calycanthus are deciduous shrubs growing 1–4 metres (3.3–13.1 ft) tall and wide. The bright green leaves are opposite. Notably, the bark has a strong camphor smell that is released when stems are scraped. The also strongly scented flowers are produced from late spring through early autumn for Calycanthus occidentalis, and early april to summer for Calycanthus floridus. Typical of the Calycanthaceae family, the flowers lack distinct sepals and petals, but instead have distinct spirals of tepals. The lotus-shaped flowers can resemble a small magnolia flower. Calycanthes are hardy and reach their adult size - 2 meters - in a few years, enjoying the sun or partial shade, in fresh soil, humiferous, possibly heavy.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 150 - 200
pH 6 - 7

Plant my sweetshrub

Plant from late autumn to early spring, in full sun, in normal or heavy soil. Make a hole twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the layers of soil - you will put them back in order while planting. Put back some of the bottom soil, and arrange your calycant at the right depth. Do not bury the base of the stems. Replace the soil and tamp well around the roots. Add some mature compost at the end of the planting. Form a hollow and water until it no longer flows visibly, then mulch around the foot.

Water my sweetshrub

Water thoroughly for the first few weeks after planting! Afterwards, you can space out watering to once a month. In following years, cease watering. This plant is indigenous and adapted to temperate climates.

Prune my sweetshrub

The trimming of the calycanthes is simple: cut down the whole plant above ground level every year during the winter, and that's it.

Mulch my sweetshrub

Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.

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