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Venus Sweetshrub

Calycanthus 'Venus'

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Venus Sweetshrub (Calycanthus 'Venus') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Venus Sweetshrub flowers

Venus Sweetshrub flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Carolina Allspice, Spicebush, Strawberry Shrub

Description:

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

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 foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

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.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Venus Sweetshrub is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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