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  • Long blooming
  • Showy flowers
  • Fast growing

Looking for something special to set you apart from the competition? Add 'Aphrodite' calycanthus to your plant palette. Very large flowers resemble red magnolias, appearing amid glossy, tropical looking foliage for months every summer. Flowers are fragrant, though the scent is highly subjective - ask around your staff and see what everyone smells! A beautiful, care-free plant for large spaces developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU. Fast to produce and always in demand.

Awards Theodore Klein Award, University of Kentucky Arboretum, 2021

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 5 - 10'

Width 6 - 10'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Red

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4", Quick Turn

Soil Adapts to most soils; moist soils with organic matter are preferred.

Pruning Aphrodite' can be pruned, but is best planted where it can be allowed to achieve its full size.

Uses Mixed borders; perennial beds; hedges; foundation plantings; screening and privacy.

Growing Tips Grow in well-drained, acidic media. Flowers on old wood, so late-season trimming the season before sale should be avoided. Large foliage necessitates larger containers for best results. Benefits from a protected site and/or heavy mulch in colder end of its hardiness range.