Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub

Calycanthus floridus 'Burgundy Spice'

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Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus 'Burgundy Spice') at Weston Nurseries

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub foliage

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub foliage

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Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus 'Burgundy Spice') at Weston Nurseries

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub


A compact, rounded shrub with reliable sweet spicy fragrance emanating from interesting dark red flowers; deep purple-burgundy leaves transition to shades of yellow and orange in the fall, extending its visual impact; easy to grow and low maintenance

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub has fragrant dark red spider-like flowers along the branches from mid spring to early summer. It has attractive deep purple foliage with hints of burgundy. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of gold and orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Spice 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.

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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. This plant does not require much in the way of fertilizing once established. 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.

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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