Shaded bush in the back brush

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Date Photo Taken: April, 17, 2012
Location: Holly Springs, GA
Posted By: cjdk1130


The shrub is very large in width but only appears to be around 3 feet tall with all these beautiful deep red flowers all over this bush. Several bushes seem to be clustered together. First: Its name
Second: it is poison?
Third: Is it wise to transplant for use in my backyard?
Thank you!


  1. buck Unregistered says:

    A native shrub, this is a sweet shrub (Calycanthus floridus). Many of them smell like strawberries, though some of the plants have lost the fragrance. They are wonderful plants to have in the landscape.

    April 17th, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  2. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    Sweet Shrub -Yes poisonous.

    I have no idea about transplanting because it is protected.

    But there are a lot of vendors if you want to buy one.

    April 17th, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  3. sjharris53 Registered says:

    Your plant is commonly called Sweetshrub. The blossoms are known for their fruity fragrance. No, it is not poison, and would do well in your yard if planted in partial shade with rich loamy soil.

    April 17th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  4. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    Please be aware that this is a poisonus shrub.
    Calycanthus floridus is a protected shrub, meaning you can’t dig it up in the wild and bring it home. It grows easily from seedlings, so plant it with confidence. You’ll enjoy a beautiful shrub in no time at all. It’s readily available through local nurseries and national plant sources online and by catalog.

    Certain parts of the shrub are poisonous if ingested. Although you may see it referenced as an herb, it is not the same allspice used for cooking. Don’t tempt fate. Enjoy the shrub in the garden, and buy your herbs from commercial sources to ensure safety and quality.

    April 17th, 2012 at 10:37 pm
  5. Sharon Ferguson Unregistered says:

    Yes, thanks, Buck, they’re supposed to smell like strawberries, but they don’t anymore. In my Atlanta garden, I delighted in the smell of a very old sweetshrub in my neighbor’s yard. At my new house in Commerce, I inherited several sweetshrubs, but they all have brown, not red, blooms, and no fragrance whatsoever. What has happened to these wonderful plants? Where can I find a fragrant one?

    June 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

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