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Springtime Greenery

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Sweetshrub or Carolina Allspice(6 of 15)

Leaves are fragrant when crushed, but fragrance is highly variable between different plants. There is a wide range of fragrance intensity in this plant. Walter's experience has shown that if the leaves and twigs are highly fragrant when crushed, the flowers will also be more strongly scented.
Plant in rich, moist, but-well drained soil
Plant in full sun to partial shade; may become open or leggy in shadier locations
Prune after flowering in late spring
Height: 6-10 feet; Width: 6-12 feet, suckering
Hardy in USDA zones (4)5-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may suffer some branch dieback in this zone.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in fall or early spring; plant in full sun to partial shade.
Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade.
Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade.
Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade.

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