Carolina Allspice-Deer Proof Shrub

Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus 'Hartlage Wine'

Calycanthus floridus ‘Hartlage Wine’

If you have deer visit your garden, consider planting Calycanthus floridus.

A wonderful, easy-to-grow shrub, Carolina allspice features strongly fragrant dark red flowers in early summer. The show doesn’t stop there; the leaves often turn a nice shade of yellow in the fall.

Carolina allspice is largely left alone by deer, probably thanks to its clove-scent foliage. The shrub thrives in full sun or part shade and in moist, well-drained soil. It’s native to areas of North America.

This deciduous shrub has a dense, rounded habit, growing 6 to 9 feet tall and as wide. Its unusual, waterlily-like, fragrant flowers combine the scent of strawberries, banana, and pineapple. Flowers appear in May and continuing blooming on and off into June and July. The dark green leaves and bark release a clove or camphor-like scent when crushed.

Calycanthus 'Athens', a green flowered variety

Calycanthus ‘Athens’, a green flowered variety


 Calycanthus 'Athens'

Calycanthus ‘Athens’


About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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7 Responses to Carolina Allspice-Deer Proof Shrub

  1. Good to know. Thank you. Anything that smells of clove, is good in my book. Wonder how it will do in the Pacific NW?


  2. eph521 says:


    I know you are also a beekeeper. Do you ever see the honey bees working the Allspice blooms?




  3. Anonymous says:

    I have a calycanthus shrub that doesn’t give?e off any scent at all. Is there anything that can be done? The scent was the main reason for me buying it.

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