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‘Aphrodite’

Sweetshrub

Calycanthus

'Aphrodite'

USPP 24,014

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  • Long blooming
  • Showy flowers
  • Fast growing
Description

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)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
5 - 10'
Width
5 - 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.