Close up of two white Calycanthus Venus blooms Close up of white Calycanthus Venus bloom
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Meet the Breeder

Dr. Tom Ranney
North Carolina, USA

‘Venus’

Sweetshrub

Calycanthus x

'Venus'

USPP 15,925

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Close up of two white Calycanthus Venus blooms Close up of white Calycanthus Venus bloom
  • Showy flowers
  • Fragrant
  • Fast growing
Description

Very fragrant! 'Venus' calycanthus is a glorious explosion of large magnolia-like flowers appear in early summer. Has a unique, fruity fragrant, particularly in the evening. Developed by Dr. Tom Ranney of NC State University. Very easy and fast to produce.

Awards NCNLA 2011 Showstopper Plant

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 5 - 6'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

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

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

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.