Sweet Shrub- Calycanthus
The Sweet Shrub tree is known for its natural beauty and unique shape. This shrub can grow six to ten feet tall once it reaches maturity. The tree can also grow to be six to ten feet in width if nothing is in the way to stop the root and if it is not pruned. The shrub that grows best in zone five can also be in zones six and seven. The soil preference of the sweet bush is moist and rich in organic matter. The shrub can grow with a lot of sunlight or shade when the plant's flower's sunlight is needed.
The sweet shrub is also known to grow allspice which is used in many baking dishes. Many people chose to have the bush in their yards due to the beauty of the flowers. The flowers grow in a shape that is similar to water lilies. These flowers will bloom in the late springtime and the early summer. They form a tube shape in the center, and the petals grow in the way of a bell. The flowers give off a pleasant and sweet aroma.
The flowers vary in color from maroon to pale red. There are also times when the flowers can be white. In the late summer into the early fall, the flowers of the sweet shrub will turn into an urn shape. Surrounding the flowers are green and glossy leaves.
These leaves give a spicy odor to the plant. The leaves will turn yellow before they drop off of the shrub. Some forms of this shrub will attract deer and birds. Other types of the sweet bush are resistant to being eaten by deer. People also use the soft shrub to add some spice to their food.
Landscape your yard with the Sweet Shrub
Many people use the sweet shrub in their landscaping because it is easy to care for. This shrub does not require a lot of upkeep. The bush will grow the best in an area with plenty of room for the roots to spread out. It does not require pruning but can be trimmed.
If a person is going to prune the shrub, the best places to cut are the branches at the plant base. That is where the sucker shoots may get in the way of growing. Pruning in the early spring will encourage the flowers to bloom sooner. The flowers of this plant are constant in the growing season and will produce without deadheading.
The shrub has a natural untidy shape and will grow fine if nothing extra is done to it. The sweet shrub is easy to care for the bush, adding beauty and a pleasant aroma to any yard or landscaping design.
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