Sweetshrub 'Aphrodite'


Family: Calycanthaceae
Genus: Calycanthus (kal-ee-KAN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: Aphrodite
Additional cultivar information:(PP24014)
Hybridized by Ranney
Registered or introduced: 2011
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Bellevue, Washington

Issaquah, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 22, 2020, Teen67 from Chatham ,
Canada wrote:

I am very pleased with the second year growth of my plant. Having read that it was a relatively slow grower I was overwhelmed at the growth this summer here in Ontario Canada. It has been a proliferation bloomer since early spring. Stunning.
My only question is: is this plant known for producing sucker branches ? I have 6 very tall non flowering branches that to my gardening knowledge I would say are indeed suckers. Any information is greatly appreciated.


On May 21, 2016, kesabe from Prosperity, PA wrote:

I need to know if anyone has any information regarding the degree of toxicity of this shrub. I made a cursory info search about this plant before ordering one from a fund raiser for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. It seemed Perfect; deer resistant, drought tolerant, clay soil, pest and disease tolerant, and FRAGRANT to boot! But alas, today is the day I pick up my order and upon further search this morning, I have found info that it is toxic! I need to know to what degree! I have goats and ducks that occasionally escape into the yard section where I planned to plant this. Please any info appreciated


On Mar 31, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a large suckering shrub, not a tree. It has huge burgundy flowers like C. 'Hartlage Wine' but it also has the apple-like fragrance of C. floridus. Large glossy leaves.

The floral display is attractive but I don't find it overwhelming.

Easy, adaptable. No serious pest or disease problems. Flowers best in full sun.

It was hybridized by Tom Ranney at NC State U. using three species: C. floridus, C. occidentalis, and C. chinensis.

Most sources say this is hardy to Z5a.

US PP # 24,014


On Mar 31, 2015, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I heard about Calycanthus from a friend and did a lot of research about which cultivar was the most fragrant. Decided upon 'Aphrodite'...then it took me 2 years to find one. It has been growing in my garden for a couple of years now. The first year, I got a few blooms, last year maybe 10 or 12. I am really looking forward to the show this year. I think it was worth the wait.


On Feb 10, 2014, mentinsel from BREST,
France (Zone 9a) wrote:

I search this calycanthus so interesting: size of flowers, perfume ..
I have floridus glaucus and athens
I don't bought Hartlage when i saw a picture of Aphrodite !
I'm looking for reliable informations of this new calycanthus
Thank you for helping me