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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
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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: 
May 19, 2004 to June 17, 2004May 11, 2005 to June 17, 2005April 20, 2006 to June 30, 2006April 30, 2007 to June 25, 2007May 2, 2008 to July 11, 2008April 24, 2009 to June 25, 2009April 6, 2010 to June 28, 2010April 26, 2011 to July 7, 2011March 26, 2012 to June 26, 2012April 2, 2014 to July 2, 2014April 22, 2015 to July 4, 2015April 11, 2016 to July 4, 2016April 12, 2018 to August 15, 2018April 10, 2019 to June 27, 2019

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