Spicebush has fragrant, burgundy flowers, (April-Aug.), that smells kind of like a delicate red wine (if there is such a thing). Native to the mountains of central and northern California. Common associated plants include Carpenteria californica, Vitis californica, Sedges, Rushes, California Bay (Umbellularia californica), and Zauschneria californica. Likes sun to partial shade and moist soil. It is tolerant to sandy or clay soils, and likes water. In the interior it will get leaf burn if it goes dry, but looks good if given regular water. Cattle and deer do not like this one but will eat it when desperate. If planted in shade and given regular water Spice Bush can be trained onto a trellis as a wine wall. Calycanthus occidentalis is pollinated by beetles in the Nitidulidae family.
Calycanthus occidentalis tolerates sand, clay, no drainage and seasonal flooding.
Foliage of Calycanthus occidentalis turns a different color in the fall, has color green, is deciduous and has fragrance.
Flower of Calycanthus occidentalis has color red and has a fragrance.
Communities for Calycanthus occidentalis:Riparian (rivers & creeks), Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.