With the majority of our Rhododendron collection blooming right now, many other blossoming plants can be overshadowed – like this small shrub, the X Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ which sits outside the Graham Visitors Center.
These gorgeous dark maroon flowers caught my eye the other day. The Calycanthus x raulstonii is a deciduous shrub that likes sun/part shade, can be a vigorous grower (though not taller than 8′), and bears long lasting flowers in the spring. The cultivar ‘Hartlage Wine’ is fairly new to gardens, it is a cross between a SE US species and a Chinese species. Although the 3″-4″ flowers last a long time, they do not bear the scent of their parent plants. The common name for these plants is Allspice, although they are not related to the pepper bearing Allspice which is the genus Pimenta. Free weekend walks for the month of May will feature many special flowers in our collection.