Calycanthus occidentalis

Spice Bush

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on 10 California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 3-13' x 3-13'

Natural Growth Habit: Rounded

Native To: California

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Purple / Red

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Deer Resistant / Fragrant / Hedge / Screen

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 1-11 and 14-24

A Bit More

With a host of common names like California Sweetbush, California Spicebush, and California Allspice, it’s no surprise that Calycanthus occidentalis smells good. The bark has a distinct camphor fragrance that can persist for years if cut branches are stored properly. The blossoms look like miniature red lotus flowers, and have a light scent that has been compared to a nice wine cellar, or a good red wine.  Calycanthus occidentalis is a sizable bush, usually eight feet tall and six feet wide, but can grow larger. This California native is excellent for wet spots in the garden, or places that get seasonally flooded. Deer leave it alone for the most part, only grazing on it when they get truly desperate.

A Bit More

With a host of common names like California Sweetbush, California Spicebush, and California Allspice, it’s no surprise that Calycanthus occidentalis smells good. The bark has a distinct camphor fragrance that can persist for years if cut branches are stored properly. The blossoms look like miniature red lotus flowers, and have a light scent that has been compared to a nice wine cellar, or a good red wine.  Calycanthus occidentalis is a sizable bush, usually eight feet tall and six feet wide, but can grow larger. This California native is excellent for wet spots in the garden, or places that get seasonally flooded. Deer leave it alone for the most part, only grazing on it when they get truly desperate.