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Carolina allspice is a deciduous shrub that belongs to Calycanthaceae family.

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Carolina allspice is a deciduous shrub that belongs to Calycanthaceae family.
• It grows well in the Zone: 4 to 9.
• Its native range is Southeastern United States.
• It is best in the fragrance garden.
• It can grow up to a height of 6 to 10 feet.
• It can spread 6 to 12 feet wide.
• Its bloom time is April to July.
• The bloom color is brown.
• The shrub needs full sun to partly shade.
• It has medium water requirements.
• The flowers are showy and fragrant flowers.
• Tolerates: Clay Soil, Deer.
• It is used as a cut flower.
• Lustrous, dark green (pale beneath), ovate to elliptic leaves to 6″ long that turn golden yellow in fall.
• Leaves are aromatic when bruised.
• It is also commonly called as sweetshrub and strawberry bush in reference to the fragrant blooms which has combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana.
• It can be kept as a Specimen near front door, patio or other living areas, as shrub borders where the fragrant flower aroma may be enjoyed.
• This shrub is native to the American south, its range spanning many states from the Gulf Coast to Virginia and as far north as New York.

Growing and Caring conditions for Carolina Allspice

• Plant your allspice tree.
• The allspice tree grows naturally in or near tropical climates.
• It only withstands small periods of light frost and temperatures below 26 degrees.
• If from seeds, Fill a seed flat with soil.
• Press one seed about 1/2 inch down into each seed flat.
• Water each well with about 1/4 cup of water and mulch the seeds with 1/2 inch of mature compost.
• In many climates, the allspice tree must be kept indoors during the winter months.
• Place the tree in a spot where it receives sunlight for at least 40 percent of the day.
• Younger allspice trees need more light to remain healthy.
• Use loose and well-moistened fertilizer for the tree.
• Tropical plant fertilizer is the best choice for fertilizing the allspice tree.
• Use plant food that is mixed 30-10-10 every three to five weeks.
• Keep the tree well watered.
• As the soil surface begins to dry, add more water.
• Prune the allspice tree in the spring to summer months.
• Prune an indoor allspice tree annually to keep from outgrowing its space.
• Cultivate new allspice trees from the seeds inside of the fruit.
• Cuttings of this type of tree are rarely successful for cultivation of new trees.
• This sweet-smelling shrub is generally problem free.
• A few diseases can cause damage to this shrub.
• In poorly drained soil they can be affected by Phytophthora or Pythium root rots.
• Ensure good drainage before planting.
• Bacterial crown gall can cause warty bumps on stems near the soil.
• There is no control for this.
• Hence removing and destroying infected plants is the best method to avoid spreading.
• Powdery mildew can also be a problem on plants without adequate airflow.

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