6141 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


  • Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub
  • Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub
  • Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub

Burgundy Spice Sweetshrub
Calycanthus floridus var. purpureus


Grow 6' - 8' h x 6' - 8' sp

A cross between our native Calycanthus and the Asian variety, this beautiful sweetshrub has showy, fragrant blooms that are described as either pineapple, strawberry and/or banana, but that depends on the temperature, the age of the flower and even the individual plant.  Higher temperatures tend to produce more fragrant flowers.

Sweetshrub grows best in average to rich, well-drained soil in anywhere from full sun to deep shade. It prefers some shade in hot summer afternoons and it will grow lankier and less dense in shade than in sun. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil textures and pH but prefers rich loams.  Plant it 3 to 5 feet from other shrubs to give it adequate room to grow. 

Photo and text credit: NC Extension

  • Hardy in zones 4a - 9b