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Venus Sweetshrub

Calycanthus ‘Venus’
Calycanthus ‘Venus’

Calycanthus

Sweetshrub, Spice Bush

<i>Calycanthus</i> x ‘Venus’ <i>Calycanthus</i> x ‘Venus’

The crown jewel of Dr. Tom Rainey’s breeding efforts at North Carolina State University, this undeniably beautiful hybrid is a complex one, involving Calycanthus chinensis, Calycanthus floridus and Calycanthus occidentalis. Spreading branches draped in large, lustrous dark green deciduous leaves, which flash golden yellow hues for fall, shape a medium-sized foundation. Distinguished by a central infusion of yellow and purple markings plus a divine spicy fragrance, evoking strawberries and melons, the exquisite, 4 in. wide Magnolia-like ivory blooms unfurl from big creamy yellow buds primarily in the spring, and then sporadically throughout the growing season. ‘Venus’ can pose amongst other shrubs or serve as a beckoning sentinel near your front door; well-drained soil and ample light will ensure her vitality. (pp#15,925)

Blooms May–July

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 5' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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