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Calycanthus x 'Aphrodite'
  • A single dark red bloom of aphrodite calycanthus surrounded by its big glossy foliage
  • A specimen of aphrodite calycanthus in bloom
  • a single bloom of aphrodite calycanthus in a human hand to show its large size
  • An arrangement of Aphrodite calycanthus in a metal vase in Shannon's kitchen

Calycanthus x 'Aphrodite'

Flowers unlike anything else
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.99
  • Irresistibly unique blooms
  • Flowers for weeks to months
  • Lush, handsome foliage provides great coverage
  • Very resistant to deer
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Calycanthus x 'Aphrodite' Description

One look and you will fall in love! 'Aphrodite' sweetshrub (Calycanthus hybrid) is one of those plants that, once you've seen it, you must have it. Big, cupped flowers in summer look like a dark red magnolia. They begin to appear in early summer and here in Michigan, continue to bloom all summer long (in hot climates, they may taper off during the height of summer). This is a very large shrub, covered in big, glossy, green leaves, so it's perfect for seasonal coverage or privacy.

As you may guess by its name, sweetshrub is generally fragrant, but the scent varies widely depending on the age of the bloom, the time of day, and the weather. We think they smell like apples warmed by the sun, but other people smell different things (pineapple, bubblegum) and others smell nothing at all. It's an adventure in fragrance!

Special features: deer resistant, long blooming, Proven Winners, attracts pollinators, specimen plant.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Calycanthus x 'Aphrodite'
  • Common name:
    Sweetshrub, sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice
  • Zone:
    5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun to part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Any average soil will do
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry to average
  • Height x width:
    5-8' tall & wide
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Specimen, hedge, landscaping, foundation planting
  • Patent:: USPP 24014
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI



Soil:  Any average soil will do; avoid extreme wet or dry conditions. 
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hours/day)
Water:  Moderate moisture; tolerates dry conditions once established, but flowering is best when not stressed
Space:  6-7' apart
Fertilizing:  Seldom needed; apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring if desired
Winterizing:  A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended. In zone 5 - and even in USDA zone 6 in cold winters - this plant may die back to the ground. However, it will re-emerge from the roots. This is why there is such a wide range of height and width on this plant. Expect it to become quite large in warmer climates.
Maintenance: This plant can be pruned as needed, but as it matures, controlling its height may become difficult. Prune in spring, before the new growth begins to emerge, if you wish. Makes a very nice cut flower.