Many North American plants have closely related Asian relatives. Although separated geographically for millions of years, these relatives are often capable of crossing via controlled hybridization. Raulston allspice was created by crossing our native Carolina allspice (C. floridus) and its rare Asian relative, Chinese wax plant (C. chinensis).
This hybrid has large, maroon to wine-red flowers with a subtle fragrance in spring. Its name honors J. C. Raulston, founding Arboretum director, and Richard Hartlage, the student he supervised to make this unique hybridization in 1991.
A JC Raulston Arboretum Introduction
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