Audubon Native Sweetshrub and native birds
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flowers
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flowers in landscape
Native Sweetshrub in landscape
Native Regions map for Sweetshrub
Carolina Wren
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
White-Eyed Vireo
Hermit Thrush
Audubon Native Sweetshrub and native birds
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flowers
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flower
Native Sweetshrub burgundy flowers in landscape
Native Sweetshrub in landscape
Native Regions map for Sweetshrub
Carolina Wren
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
White-Eyed Vireo
Hermit Thrush

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 6-10' tall
  • Mature Width: 6-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 6-12' apart

FEATURES:

  • May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, hummingbirds
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Sweetshrub

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Calycanthus floridus

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Why the Audubon® Sweetshrub?

One day in mid-Spring, you’ll catch a whiff of that delightfully different, delicious scent and know it’s Sweetshrub season! This beloved American Accent makes its presence known each spring when it opens it unusual, fragrant, dark reddish-brown flowers. The scent is hard to describe and can vary from plant to plant. Sometimes it smells faintly fruity, other times it evokes ripe bananas and cantaloupe, applesauce, or pineapple upside-down cake. In any event, it’s a fine addition to your native plant garden! Sweetshrub’s dense, leafy stems provide good cover for songbirds and other small animals.

Sweetshrub is not on most people’s radar, but it is adored by native plant enthusiasts as well as by anyone who had one in their yard growing up. Some of our fondest memories are linked to pleasant scents! Like all old-fashioned, well-loved plants, it goes by several pet names, including Strawberry Shrub, Carolina Allspice, and Sweet Betty. Thomas Jefferson planted it at Monticello, and he called it by another nickname, “Bubby Flower.” Bubby Flower is native to woodland areas primarily in the Southeast, with the greatest concentrations in Alabama, Tennessee, North Georgia, and the Carolinas.

How to use in the landscape?

Botanically speaking, Sweetshrub is a rather primitive plant, related to Magnolias. These early versions of flowering plants evolved to be pollinated by beetles, not bees. Beetle pollination is less effective than bee pollination, but when successful, Sweetshrub will produce a smattering of odd, sac-shaped receptacles containing large, coffee-brown seeds.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-9

    Mature Height: 6-10' tall

    Mature Width: 6-12' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 6-12' apart

How To Plant

In the wild, Sweetshrub can be found growing in deep shade, but its habit can become rangy there. It is much neater when given only light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly during dry spells. This is an easygoing plant that doesn’t need a lot of attention. No major insect pests or diseases trouble it, and deer tend to leave it alone. Pruning can be accomplished in summer, just after flowering winds down, if necessary—though it probably won’t be needed. Sweetshrub looks best when allowed to grow naturally and is not sheared or shaped.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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