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Calycanthus x ‘Venus’
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Venus Sweetshrub

Calycanthus  Venus

Calycanthus

Calycanthus x ‘Venus’ full sun  partial shade

The crown jewel of Dr. Tom Rainey’s breeding efforts at North Carolina State University, this undeniably beautiful hybrid is a complex one, involving C. chinensis, C. floridus and C. occidentalis. Spreading branches draped in large lustrous dark green deciduous leaves, which blazon golden yellow hues for fall, construct a medium-sized foundation. Distinguished by a central infusion of yellow and purple markings plus a divine spicy fragrance, evoking strawberries and melons, the 4 in. wide exquisite 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'–6' high x 5'–6' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Calycanthus x ‘Venus’ (S-0741)
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