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'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub Calycanthus x

  • Part Sun to Sun
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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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
96" 72"
60 - 96"
60 - 72"

This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9

Hardy Zones

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.

  • 5
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  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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Current Location:

Lexington, KY, 40510

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    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 privacy

    Fragrant Flower
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 96 Inches
    72 - 84 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to most moist well drained soils.  Prune to shape after flowering.

    'Aphrodite' Calycanthus x USPP 24,014
  • 5 Reviews

    • 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!

      , 12 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • Billy Bob
      , 5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I love this plant, when it warm outside in the evening it smells like stawberries.

      Aggie Shaw
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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