Small tree with fragrant red spring flowers

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Date Photo Taken: 4/21/2012
Location: Gainesville, GA
Posted By: mbbj


This is a small woody tree or a shrub, deciduous. Its leaves look exactly like a dogwood, except the veins are alternate, not opposite. When it leafs out in the spring, it has an extremely fragrant red flower—smells almost like a minty vanilla. It is located in the woods around my Gainesville home.


  1. Angelyn Flower Fanatic says:

    I, too, love this plant. It is Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus).

    May 1st, 2012 at 4:46 pm
  2. buck Unregistered says:

    This is a Sweet Shrub. I have always associated the fragrance with that of strawberries.

    May 1st, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  3. Suzanne Unregistered says:

    That is calycanthus. The common name is sweetshrub.

    May 1st, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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