Calycanthus occidentalis

Calycanthus occidentalis

Western Spice Bush


  • Winter deciduous shrub growing 3.3 – 13.1 feet tall and wide
  • Bright green leaves 2.0 – 5.9 inches long and 0.79 – 2.36 inches broad
  • The bark has a strong camphor smell that is released when stems are scraped
  • Flowers lack distinct sepals and petals. but have distinct spirals of tepals
  • Strongly scented flowers composed of numerous dark red to burgundy to purplish brown tepals are produced from late spring through early autumn
  • Pollinated by beetles in the Nitidulidae family.
  • The fruit is an elliptic dry capsule 2 to 2.75 inches long, containing numerous seeds.
  • Tolerates low, moderate and high moisture conditions
  • Tolerates slow drainage and variety of soils
  • Attract butterflies and moths
  • Found in canyons, stream sides and moist places, at elevations from 0 – 5000 feet

Photo (c) James Gaither – some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)


1 gallon, 3 gallon

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