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Sweet Shrub

Calycanthus floridus

This southeastern native is known by several names: Bubby Flower, Sweet Shrub, Strawberry Bush, and Sweet Betsy. Thomas Jefferson recorded planting Sweet Shrub at Monticello on March 7, 1778. He planted more in 1794, 1812, and 1815. He gave them as gifts to fellow gardeners and included them in a box of American plants shipped to Madame de Tess

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
maroon, red, purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2004 May 19 to 2004 Jun 172005 May 11 to 2005 Jun 172006 Apr 20 to 2006 Jun 302007 Apr 30 to 2007 Jun 252008 May 2 to 2008 Jul 112009 Apr 24 to 2009 Jun 252010 Apr 6 to 2010 Jun 282011 Apr 26 to 2011 Jul 72012 Mar 26 to 2012 Jun 262014 Apr 2 to 2014 Jul 22015 Apr 22
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