Spice Bush

Calycanthus occidentalis

Spice Bush  - Calycanthus occidentalis

Spice Bush

Calycanthus occidentalis

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Spice Bush is a beautiful California native shrub with fragrant foliage.  It has attractive light green oval shaped leaves that will provide some Fall color before they drop.  It can grow up to 7-10 feet tall iand wide and can be used as a large background shrub or small multi-trunk tree.  Attractive red flowers appear in Spring through Summer.  Calycanthus is quite an amzing plant in that it can tolerate both sandy and clay soils with fairly poor drainage, and will resist deer somewhat.  Calicanthus does best in a part shade condition away from reflected heat and long exposure to hot sun.  It's found naturally along riverbanks where it can have access to regular water.  USDA zones 7-10. 

Foliage: Deciduous

Sun Exposure: Part Shade/full Shade

Water Needs: Moderate/regular

Bloom Season: Spring/summer

Mature Height: 9-11'

Mature Width: 7-9'

Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Woodland Garden

Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:

  • Properly dig the hole
  • Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
  • Place the plant and backfill the soil
  • Provide ample water for each particular plant
  • Review our how to plant guide!

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Delivery Zone Delivery Rate
Zone 1 $69.00
Zone 2 $89.00
Zone 3 $109.00
Zone 4 $139.00
Zone 5 $179.00
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