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'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub Calycanthus x

  • 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"
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
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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    Large, fragrant red summer flowers.  Glossy foliage.  Reblooming.  Deer resistant.

    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: 
    Container Role: 

    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.

    A new, improved calycanthus with large, bright red magnolia-like flowers.  Unlike 'Hartlage Wine' it is very fragrant: a sweet, apple-like scent.  This rebloomer has nice, glossy foliage, too. 

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

    • 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
      United States
      1 year 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
      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
      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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