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Aphrodite Sweetshrub

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Aphrodite Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus ‘Aphrodite’)A tall rounded shrub with reliable sweet spicy fragrance emanating from interesting, magnolia-like red flowers; plant along a walkway or driveway where the flower fragrance can be enjoyed by passers-by; blooms on new and old wood

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Calycanthus
Cultivar:
Aphrodite
Flower Color:
red
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Eye Color:
dark red
Flower Form:
spider
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Aphrodite Sweetshrub has fragrant red spider-like flowers with dark red eyes and a buttery yellow ring along the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Aphrodite Sweetshrub is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Aphrodite Sweetshrub will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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