Carolina allspice shrub is known for its natural beauty and unique shape. This shrub can grow six to ten feet tall once it reaches maturity. The tree can also grow to be six to ten feet in width if nothing is in the way to stop the root and if it is not pruned. The shrub that grows best in zone five can also be in zones six and seven. The soil preference of the sweet shrub is moist and rich in organic matter. The shrub can grow with a lot of sunlight or in the shade.
Carolina allspice shrub is also known to grow allspice used in many cooking dishes. Many people chose to have the shrub in their yards due to the beauty of the flowers. The flowers grow in a shape that is similar to water lilies. These flowers will begin to bloom in the late springtime and the early summer. They form a tube shape in the center, and the petals grow in the shape of a bell. The flowers give off a pleasant and sweet aroma. The flowers vary in color from maroon to pale red. There are also times when the flowers can be white. In the late summer into the early fall, the flowers of the sweet shrub will turn into an urn shape. Surrounding the flowers are green and glossy leaves. These leaves give a spicy odor to the plant. The leaves turn yellow before they fall off of the shrub. Some forms of this shrub will attract deer and birds. Other forms of the sweet shrub are resistant to being eaten by deer. People also use the sweet shrub to add some spice to their food.
Many people choose to use the sweet shrub in their landscaping because it is easy to care for. This shrub requires minimal upkeep. The shrub will grow the best in an area with plenty of room for the roots to spread out. It can be trimmed, but it does not require pruning. If a person is going to prune the shrub, the best places to cut are the branches at the base of the plant. This is where the sucker shoots may get in the way of growing. Pruning in the early spring will encourage the flowers to bloom sooner. The flowers of this plant are constant in the growing season and will grow without deadheading. The shrub has a natural untidy shape and will grow fine if nothing extra is done. The sweet shrub is easy to care for, a shrub that will add beauty and a pleasant aroma to any yard or landscaping design without cutting down trees.
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