Calycanthus x 'Venus' Description
Attention, magnolia lovers! 'Venus' sweetshrub (Calycanthus hybrid) is your solution to enjoying your favorite flower all summer long. Even though it isn't remotely related to magnolias, the big, bold, white, lily-like blooms of 'Venus' call to mind the springtime favorite. Their scent is entirely different, calling to mind apples or bananas instead of perfume, though some people detect no scent at all. This is a big, multi-stemmed shrub that is ideal for planting as a specimen or screen, thanks to its large leaves. The flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue through the season, particularly in the cooler parts of its range.
Special features: deer resistant, long blooming, attracts pollinators, specimen plant.
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- Botanical name: Calycanthus x 'Venus'
- Common name:
Sweetshrub, sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Sun exposure:
Full sun to part shade
- Ship form:
Jumbo one quart
- Soil type:
Any average soil will do
- Soil moisture:
Dry to average
- Height x width:
5-6' tall & wide
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
- Season of interest:
Specimen, hedge, landscaping, foundation planting
- Patent:: USPP 15925
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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 colder areas, site away from strong winds. May die back to the ground over winter in the colder parts of its range, but will re-emerge from the roots.
Maintenance: Pruning, if desired, should be done in spring. However, this is not necessary.
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