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Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' (Sweetshrub)

Sweetshrub 'Aphrodite'


Valued for the sweet, fruity fragrance of its flowers, Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' (Sweetshrub) is a compact, dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub boasting large, fragrant, deep red flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm). Resembling magnolia blossoms, they are produced in abundance at the ends of short branchlets in late spring - early summer. The lustrous foliage of dark green oval leaves, turns an attractive golden-yellow in fall. All plant parts are fragrant - including leaves, seed pods and bark which exude a spicy scent when crushed.

  • Grows up to 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) and 5-6 ft. wide (150-180 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Provide shelter from cold, drying winds.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, foundation plantings, woodlands. Plant it where you will be able to enjoy its perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck. Flowers are long lasting on the shrub and also make good cut flowers. They can also be dried and added to potpourri.
  • No serious insect or disease problems. Deer resistant!
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 84" (180cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 84" (180cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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