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'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub Calycanthus x

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 60 - 96 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub Calycanthus x
Part Sun to Sun 60 - 96


Large, fragrant red summer flowers.  Glossy foliage.  Reblooming.  Deer resistant.

Fragrant Flower
Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer


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60 - 96 Inches
72 - 84 Inches
60 - 72 Inches
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Plant Needs

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

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    mary d pierce
    United States
    1 year 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.

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Su Buchignani
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Billy Bob
    5 years ago
  • I love this plant, when it warm outside in the evening it smells like stawberries.

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