Sunday, June 20, 2010

Calycanthus occidentalis--Spice Bush

The California native Spice Bush is a big bush with glossy green leaves. The flowers has many maroon-pinkish flowrs. (sorry my pic is so blurry and the flower is old) It really looks quite different from the Sinocalycanthus. Apparently it is called "Spice Bush" because the bark can be used like cinnamon. However, since it is toxic, eating is not recommended. Evergreen and someone deer resistant, this plant can make a nice screen.

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