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Venus Sweetshrub

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Venus Sweetshrub (Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ PPAF)A medium sized, rounded shrub with reliable sweet spicy fragrance emanating from interesting white flowers with plum colored centers; plant along a walkway or driveway where the flower fragrance can be enjoyed by passers-by

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Venus Sweetshrub has fragrant white spider-like flowers with plum purple eyes and yellow centers along the branches from mid spring to early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Venus Sweetshrub is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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

Venus Sweetshrub will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, 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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