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'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub Calycanthus x

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

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

    Features

    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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    72 - 84 Inches
    Spread: 
    60 - 72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    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: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Maintenance Notes: 

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

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

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    • This shrub is an absolute pleasure! It is in heavy bloom right now here in south Louisiana, Zone 8b. The heat and humidity of our summers are tough on plants, but this shrub quickly grew to over 6 ft tall within 3;years and has bloomed since its 2nd year in the landscape. The blooms look like mini magenta magnolia blooms. Ours is not scented, but it has been such an excellent performer that it doesn’t matter. I definitely recommend this plant!

      Sherri
      , Louisiana
      , United States
      , 19 weeks ago
    • 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!

      Carl
      , 45 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
      , 6 years ago
    • Billy Bob
      , 6 years ago
    • I love this plant, when it warm outside in the evening it smells like stawberries.

      Aggie Shaw
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
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