Sweetshrub, or Carolina Allspice, are highly fragrant, large shrubs. While the flowers are notably fragrant, the foliage also gives off a sweet aroma when bruised. Though the fragrance of the flowers is appealing, do not eat the seed pods that are produced as they are mildly poisonous when consumed in large quantities.
Sweetshrub propagates by basal shoots, or root sprouts located at the base of the plant. If left unchecked, they will reach out and take root nearby. Because of this, Sweetshrub can colonize small areas. To prevent propagation, remove the basal shoots before they have a chance to root. Pruning is only required to maintain a tidy shape if desired.
Disease or pest issues are rarely a worry with Sweetshrub.