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Calycanthus ‘Venus’ (Sweetshrub)

Sweetshrub 'Venus', Sinocalycanthus 'Venus', × Sinocalycalycanthus 'Venus'

Calycanthus 'Venus, Carolina Allspice 'Venus', Sweetshrub 'Venus', Strawberry-Bush 'Venus', Sweet Bubby 'Venus', Sweet Betsy 'Venus, Spicebush 'Venus', Flowering shrub
Calycanthus 'Venus, Carolina Allspice 'Venus', Sweetshrub 'Venus', Strawberry-Bush 'Venus', Sweet Bubby 'Venus', Sweet Betsy 'Venus, Spicebush 'Venus', Flowering shrub

Valued for the sweet, fruity fragrance of its flowers, Calycanthus ‘Venus’ (Sweetshrub) is a compact, dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub boasting large, fragrant, creamy-white flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with yellow and purple central markings. Resembling magnolia blossoms, they are produced in abundance at the ends of short branchlets in late spring with some sporadic continued bloom until midsummer. The lustrous foliage of dark green oval leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), turns an attractive golden yellow to caramel-yellow in fall. All plant parts are fragrant – including leaves, seed pods, and bark which exude a spicy scent when crushed.

  • Grows up to 5-7 ft. tall and wide (150-210 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, and 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 is necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested, or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

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 Calycanthaceae
Genus Calycanthus
Common names Carolina Allspice, Sweetshrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spread 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spacing 72" - 84"
(180cm - 210cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Calycanthus floridus (Carolina Allspice)
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ (Sweetshrub)
Calycanthus occidentalis (Californian Allspice)
Calycanthus chinensis (Chinese Sweetshrub)
Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ (Sweetshrub)

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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 Calycanthaceae
Genus Calycanthus
Common names Carolina Allspice, Sweetshrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spread 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spacing 72" - 84"
(180cm - 210cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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