“Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.”
~Sir Francis Bacon
Eastern SweetShrub flower photographed in the woodlands along the old D&H canal in Phillipsport, New York, USA.
Also known as Carolina Allspice, in the Family of Calycanthaceae, Spicebush
Eastern Sweetshrub or Carolina Allspice is a 6-12 ft., deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Its with erect, multiple stems create a rounded outline. Terminal blossoms are solitary and dark red with numerous overlapping, strap-like petals. Flower are often quite fragrant. Leaves become yellow in fall but are usually not effective.
Grows in Wood openings and edges; stream banks; moist hillsides.
Range S.e. Pennsylvania to s.e. Kentucky, generally south to Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.