This plant caught my attention during a visit to the local arboretum. The flowers were very eye catching in both color and size. I purchased one as soon as I could. I was impressed with how fast it grew, and it bloomed the second year. It is planted in what I would consider less than ideal soil. The soil is heavy and compacted, but the 'Aphrodite' calycanthus seems to be doing just fine. It continues to grow and bloom. The flowers are very showy with sort of a pineapple scent. Very pleased that it is deer resistant too!
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
Looking for something a little different? You've found it in 'Aphrodite' calycanthus! Covered in big, glossy leaves, this shrub explodes with enormous cupped flowers that look a bit like a deep red magnolia. They start in early summer and continue through the season - in cooler areas, like our West Michigan trial gardne, they bloom all summer long. This is a quite large shrub that needs plenty of space to look its best, but if you have the room for it, there are few better ways to use it!
'Aphrodite' is a hybrid between our native Calycanthus and the Asian species, xSinocalycanthus. You're probably wondering if it's fragrant, and the answer is - it depends. The scent varies based on the age of the bloom, the time of day, and the flower itself. Some people say they smell like pineapple, others apples, others bubblegum, and some get no scent at all. Even if you never sense a whiff off this plant, its fabulous flowers are more than enough reward.
Top reasons to grow Aphrodite calycanthus:
- Big summer flowers look like a deep red magnolia
- Very long blooming
- Large, lush shrub provides lots of coverage - ideal for privacyFragrant FlowerContinuous Bloom or Rebloomer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:60 - 96 InchesSpacing:72 - 84 InchesSpread:60 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeMaintenance Notes:
Adaptable to most moist well drained soils. Prune to shape after flowering.'Aphrodite' Calycanthus x USPP 24,014
Carl, 12 weeks ago
wonderful plant for an informal garden. Repeat blooming, fragrant and beautiful dark red flowers. Only one drawback, in order to prune it you will have to sacrifice some flower buds since it blooms repeatedly. My plant grows in full sun in a moderately wet area in zone 7. It is so happy, but I have to move it to build a deck. I think it will survive transplant because it is a plant native to my general area (Virginia/Maryland) and they generally are very tough plants.I read that this shrub can be propagated by division; I don't know if that was referring to the straight species. This is a cultivar and may not follow the "rules". If I had the space I would add more.mary d pierce, Virginia, United States, 2 years ago
I admit, the larger than usual blooms on this Calycanthus tempted me, and I bought a large plant. The staff at the nursery said that none could smell it. I had no trouble with this, but found that its fragrance is very light, unlike other Calycanthus that I have known. Before planting in-ground, I'll move it about to see if the fragrance is sunlight/temperature dependent. If fragrance isn't of big importance to you, by all means try Aphrodite. It is a truly beautiful shrub and its blossoms are stunning.Su Buchignani, California, United States, 5 years ago
Billy Bob, 5 years ago
I love this plant, when it warm outside in the evening it smells like stawberries.Aggie Shaw, Oregon, United States, 6 years ago