Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus)

Carolina allspiceThe spicy aroma of blooming Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) flowers can fill an area during spring months.  The flowers grow singly within a pair of leaves.  Sets of leaves with their flower grow opposite each other along the bush’s branch.

Carolina allspiceFertilized flowers become large knobby seed pods.

Carolina allspiceA ripe seed pod is dark brown on the exterior and lined with fine hairs and bumps on the inside.

Carolina allspiceDuring the fall season, the leaves turn yellow.

Carolina allspice

Watch this video to see how the Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) flower buds and new leaves grow concurrently during spring, to learn about the pollination process, and to discover what the seeds look like.

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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