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Carolina allspice - Calycanthus floridus

Nicknames: Sweet shrub; Sweet Betsy, Strawberry Bush, Bubby bush

The leaves are aromatic when bruised. Sometimes called sweet shrub because the fragrance of a blossom has been described as combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana.

Cherokees used the root or bark to make a medicine for kidney ailments. Settlers used a tea made form it to treat malaria. Peterson's Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants

The aromatic bark was dried & used as a substitute for cinnamon. Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

"It is asserted that the shrub is important as a source of poisoning to cattle and sheep." The Dispensatory of the United States of America. 1918

White footed mice eat the seeds. SC LIFE Project

Caution the seeds of this plant are reported to be poisonous. Poisonous Plants

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Carolina allspice


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