Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

SWEETSHRUB
Calycanthus floridus
Calycanthaceae

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, elliptical to ovate, about 6 inches long, with smooth margins and gray-downy pubescence below. Twigs are maroon-brown with lenticels and raised U-shaped leaf scars. Bark is brown to gray with lenticels. Flowers are red-maroon and usually fragrant. Fruit is a nutlet enclosed in a leathery sac. Sweetshrub is usually a shrub or small tree found on a fertile soils in the east and central U.S.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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