Sweetshrub 'Aphrodite'

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Deep red magnolia-like blooms of Calycanthus Aphrodite contrasting with verdant leaves, presented by Proven Winners at Almanac Planting Co.

Uses: Perennial flowering shrub. Ideal for garden beds, borders, and as an eye-catching feature in any landscape. 

Benefits: Stunning, large, deep red magnolia-blossom-like flowers that emit a sweet, fruity fragrance. Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators. Features lush, green foliage.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Sun

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 5' - 10'

Mature Width: 5' - 10'

Bloom Season: Early summer through early fall


Exquisitely fragrant and visually stunning!

Introducing Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' from Proven Winners¬ģ, a remarkable addition to any garden that promises to turn heads and enchant senses. Resembling the beauty of magnolia flowers, its large, deep red flowers stand out against the backdrop of its lush green foliage.

The fragrance of 'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub is its most captivating feature, offering a sweet, fruity aroma that fills the air. Beyond its beauty and scent, it is a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, contributing to the health and vibrancy of your garden.

These blooms are not only a feast for the eyes but also maintain their fragrance well, making them perfect for indoor arrangements. Imagine bringing the essence of summer indoors with freshly cut flowers from your 'Aphrodite' shrub!

Durable and deer resistant, it's a garden favorite that combines aesthetic appeal with practicality.


Sweetshrub Care

Provide full to partial sun. Too little light will cause growth issues. 

Fertilization is suggested, especially if soil is poor. Our slow release fertilizer is a great option. 

This is a large plant that will send out long shoots if not pruned. The pruning of long shoots will help encourage the development of a dense body.

Spring trimming/shearing will remove most old-wood flower buds, but new growth will produce blooms if allowed to grow out.

May also be sheared through the season, though bud production drops in mid-summer.

Water regularly after planting prior to establishment. Attempt to keep soil lightly moist, but not wet. It's suggested to place 2"-3" of mulch under this plant to help retain a light degree of ground moisture. 


Size of Sweetshrub for Sale Online

The 'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.

Size of Sweetshrub When Mature

'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub will typically reach mature heights and widths of between 5' - 10'. 

Additional Information

What is the botanical name of 'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub?

Its botanical name is Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' PP#24014. 

Detailed image of a Calycanthus Aphrodite flower with deep red magnolia-like petals with a kiss of yellow in the unopened center, adorned with morning dew, from Proven Winners at Almanac Planting Co.

*This plant is a part of our Archived Plant Collection. Although no longer for sale on our online store, we keep pages like this on our site for the informational benefit of others. Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing large quantities of this plant, as we may be able to specially source and deliver plants for you.