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Deciduous Shrubs
(Botanical Names)
See Common Names below

Berberis thunbergii
Berberis thunbergii 'A'
Buddleja x davidii
Calycanthus occidentalis
Chaenomeles cvs.
Cornus stolonifera
Cornus stolonifera 'F'
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Forsythia x intermedia
Fuchsia x hybrida
Fuchsia magellanica
Fuchsia triphylla
Hibiscus syriacus
Hydrangea arborescens
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea macrophylla 'v'
Kerria japonica 'P'
Magnolia stellata
Philadelphus coronarius 'A'
Philadelphus coronarius 'V'
Philadelphus lewisii
Potentilla fruiticosa
Ribes aureum
Salvia greggii
Spiraea cantoniensis 'FP'
Spiraea japonica 'AW'
Spiraea prunifolia 'P'
Syringa pubescens 'M.K.'
Syringa vulgaris
Symphoricarpos albus
Tamarix parviflora
Viburnum opulus 'R'
Viburnum plicatum 'M'
Vitex agnus-castus
Weigela hybrids 'V'

Deciduous Shrubs
(Common Names)

Barberry, Japanese
Barberry, J. Red Leaf
Bridal Wreath
Bridal Wreath, Double
Butterfly Bush
Chaste Tree
Cinquefoil, Bush
Cotoneaster, Rock
Currant, Golden
Dogwood, Red Twig
Dogwood, Yellow Twig
Fuchsia Hybrids
Fuchsia Species
Fuchsia 'Firecracker'
Hydrangea, 'Annabelle'
Hydrangea, Bigleaf
Hydrangea, Variegated
Japanese Rose
Lilac, 'Miss Kim'
Magnolia, Star
Mock Orange, Golden
Mock Orange, Variegated
Mock Orange, Wild
Quince, Flowering
Rose of Sharon
Sage, Autumn
Spice Bush
Spirea, Anthony Waterer
Viburnum, Maresii
Weigela, Vaariegated

Genus: Calycanthus Specific Epithet: occidentalis Variety: --
Phonetic: kal-ee-KAN-thus ok-sih-den-TAY-lis Family: Calycanthaceae
Root Meanings: Calyx, flower (similar sepals/petals)/Of the West Origin: California CA
Native: Yes
Common Name(s) : Spice Bush
Zones: 4-9, 14-24 Exposure: Dappled Shade or Afternoon Shade

Water: Regular

Type: Shrub Persistence: Deciduous
Height: 4-12 ft Spread: 4-12 ft Growth Rate: --
Blooms: Spring to Summer Flowers: Brown/Red Seasonal: Yellow fall foliage


  • UCD All Star
  • Blooms at end of current season growth
  • Flowers and foliage fragrant
  • Attractive 2 inch flowers
  • California native
  • Fragrant flowers and foliage
  • Bark used as a spice by Native Americans (substitute for cinnamon and allspice)
  • Flowers can be used to make light brown dye
  • Deer resistant
  • Tolerates wet conditions


  • Seeds can produce convulsions

Landscape Use:

  • Understory shrub
  • Background
  • Standard
  • Edible landscape
  • California native garden
  • Woodland garden
  • Spanish garden
Master List #: 12-7