Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
6-10 ft. H X 6-12 ft. W
Brownish-red to maroon; 1-2 inches across; numerous sepals and petals.
Bloom Time Notes:
Deciduous; opposite; dark green; ovate to elliptical; fragrant when crushed.
Balloon or urn-shaped capsule; about 2-3 inches long; wrinkled surface; starts out green, turning brown late in the season; persists into winter.
Some mammals eat the seeds.
Seed and cuttings.
Sun or Shade:
Shade to sun; best in 5-6 hours of sun; moist, rich soil; prune after flowering; will form a colony over time via suckers. 'Athens' cultivar available in nurseries which has chartreuse flower with a lemon-lime scent. 'Michael Lindsey' is a fragrant cultivar with the traditional maroon flower color.
Readily sprouts from seeds sown into moist soil.
Other Common Names: Carolina allspice, strawberry shrub, sweet bubby bush, sweet Betsy.