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Spice Bush


This bulky clump-forming California native has lush, bright green, lance-shaped foliage that turns a warm yellow in the fall. Brownish red flowers resemble small water lilies and appear in mid- to late-spring and summer. When crushed or bruised, foliage and flowers give off a spicy aroma resembling wine barrels. Although they can be trained to a small multistemmed tree they are most useful as a background shrub or screen.

Calycanthus occidentalis

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes : Foliage turns yellow in fall.

Leaf fragrance : Yes - Spicy

Leaf length : 2-6"

Leaf width : 1-2"

Leaf shape : Lance-shaped

Leaf color : Bright green

Flower Characteristics

Flower fragrance : Yes - Spicy

Flower width : 2"

Flower color : Red

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Deciduous

Average size maturity width : 4-12 ft.

Average size maturity height : 4-12 ft.

Growth rate : Vigorous

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : -10 to -5 F( Z6a)

Sunset zone : 4-9, 14-24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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