All About Carolina Allspice:
Scientific Nomenclature: Calycanthus floridus
Common Names: sweetshrub, spicebush, Bubby bush
Mature Height: 6–12 feet
Mature Spread: 6–12 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators
Messiness: The leaves create a strawberry-banana-like smell when crushed. Flowers will drop soon after their spring bloom and fruit pods drop in late autumn.
Native to Kentucky: Yes
Preferred Soils: Carolina allspice prefers well-drained clay and loam with high organic matter content. Acidic (<6.0pH), neutral (6.0–8.0pH) and/or alkaline (>8.0pH) soils are preferred.
Screening: Useful as a screening/privacy plant.
Drought Tolerance: It can withstand fire and heat but is ultimately not tolerant of drought.
Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous
Pruning: Prune immediately after flowers bloom to help shape the plant or maintain compactness as Carolina allspice produces many suckers.