Calycanthus floridus 'Aphrodite'

Aphrodite Sweetshrub

Deciduous Shrub

Plant Description
A showy new variety with large, fragrant bright red magnolia-like blooms.Take full advantage of the glossy foliage and sweet apple-like scent by planting near an entry or outdoor living space. Useful in shrub borders and native plant gardens. Deer resistant! Long-lasting flowers hold well in arrangements and are great for dried potpourri. Leaves, seed pods and bark have a spicy scent when crushed. Deciduous.

Care Information
Adaptable to most moist, well drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Thrives in heat and humidity. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Pruning time: summer after flowering.

This new Calycanthus was developed through a breeding program at North Carolina State University,Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, Mills River, North Carolina. 'Aphrodite' is an F.sub.1 hybrid between Calycanthus chinensis and Calycanthus occidentalis.

Description Courtesy Monrovia Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water Needs: Regular / Even


Size: 48 - 72 tall x 48 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded, Upright
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Flowers, Fragrant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Red
Bloom Season: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall, Late Summer / Early Fall
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

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