June 30, 2011

One Spice Bush to Get

Sinocalycanthis 'Hartlage Wine' has flowers that look like big, burgundy magnolias, and it blooms in early summer.
This is a relatively new plant and a very exciting one that you must seek out. It is new to most gardeners, a cross between two relatives from two different continents, that of Calycanthus from the south eastern US and a similar species from China, Calycanthus sinensis. The result is a shrub with large, 4 inch flowers in late May and June, with beautiful leaves that are almost tropical. My plant is only three years old, but it is already taking off. Here is what my post looked like last year.

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