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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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True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with 5-petaled flowers borne on dainty stems above attractive, palmately divided leaves. Their spectrum of colors, from cool to electric, is rivaled only by their ability to create soft mounds and flowing carpets of lush foliage in ordinary garden soil. We plant an assortment of cultivars to always have some in bloom from spring to fall. Our hardy selections are easily grown and most will re-bloom after flowering if lightly trimmed. Be sure to browse our online selections.

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