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 Tessé.

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Typical Blooming Dates: April-June
Growth Type: Woody Shrub
Blossom Color(s): Maroon, red, purple
Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Full Sun