From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Calycanthus occidentalis
Common Name: Spice Bush
- Unusual lotus-shaped flowers are very showy against bright green leaves. Crushed foliage described as smelling "like an old wine barrel." Excellent for bird habitat, shade, or riparian garden. Deer resistant.
- Plant Family: Calycanthaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 9' H x 9' W
- Growth Habit: Dense and rounded
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Regular
- Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
- Flower Season: Summer
- Flower Color: Red
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Southern part of the Outer North Coast Range, Inner North Coast Range, southern Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada Foothills, central and southern High Sierra Nevada
- Natural Habitat: Moist, shady places, canyons and streamsides in Foothill Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest, usually below 4500'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An unusual and distinctive deciduous shrub with large bright green leaves and chocolate brown flwoers. Both flowers and leaves fragrant when crushed. Grows 5 to 10 feet high and does best in shade or partial shade with some moisture; adds a very decided note of interest to any shrubbery planting. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75. Balled plants, large bushy specimens, 3 to 4 feet, $3.50; 4 to 5 feet, $5.00."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.