|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Large, rich green, oval-shaped leaves give this vigorous and wide-spreading shrub a distinctive and lush appearance. Its abundant foliage and elegant branching habit, growing in wide-spreading tiers, create the perfect framework for its floral display. The bark and wood of the calycanthus are aromatic, hence its common name, ‘Allspice’, derived from its rich cinnamon perfume.
The broad and richly colored leaves make as an excellent backdrop for the unique flowers, which possess the same spicy aroma as the wood. Numerous deep burgundy wine-colored fleshy-looking petals, referred to as tepals, encircle the inner central floral cup containing the stamens and carpels. This central cup has a darker hue tinged with cream, hidden within the rosette of outer tepals within their gracefully curving form. The flowers emerge as beautiful round buds on stout stems, standing upright on the branches. Upon opening, they reveal their water-lily-like form and release their distinctive scent. The essential oils from the blooms are used in perfumery.
This shrub is easy to cultivate in all types of soil and is well-suited for part-shade conditions, particularly in woodland environments where it will achieve its most lush foliage.
Height and spread after 10 – 12 years 3m x 2.5m.
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