Help needed to ID this one...

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Sworn, May 22, 2012.

  1. Sworn

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    Dear members,

    please help me identify the plant below.
    It has a very aromatic, and extraordinary strong smell for a short period every year.
    It is in my grandmothers garden, but she could not name it, only the folk name for it, which was, or sounded like Califantus, but google could not help me.

    Thank you very much for your assistance!

    Andras
     

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Calycanthus floridus, I believe.
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I'm thinking C. fertilis.
     
  4. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    SusanDunlap Active Member

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    Calycanthus floridus - allspice is one of the common names.
     
  6. Vmates

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    This is an allspice. Did this one come up naturally, or was it planted? If it came up by itself, chances are it is a wild variety and quite possibly native to your locale. This could be the key to exact identification. I live in NC and I have C. Floridus growing naturally all over the property. I actually have to cut them like weeds in some areas.

    However, all of my bushes have a taller, more sparse appearance with smaller leaves. The flowers are also darker, almost chocolate brown. If I were to venture a guess, I would say your photos look more like C. Fertilis, or Occidentalis (which is more common in western states).
     
  7. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It was surely planted, because Calycanthus is not native to Hungary / Europe... it is a quite rare ornamental shrub here, because it is not easy to keep it alive.. (sommers are a bit too dry/hot and winters are too cold for this nice shrub here...)
     

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