Spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis). This shrub is native to the mountains of central and northern California and is pollinated by beetles. The bright green leaves have a sharp, clean fragrance and turn yellow in autumn, adding seasonal color to the garden. It can get quite tall and wide (up to 12 feet) and may need pruning depending on where it is. The maroon-red flowers that bloom in summer and into fall for us, are a bonus as the shrub is beautiful on its own. I think the flowers resemble small water lilies. And, guess what the flowers smell like? Red wine! Really. It’s cocktail time.
Published by Amy on: Jul 25, 2017