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CALYCANTHUS 'Venus'

Image of Calycanthus 'Venus'

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Calycanthaceae

Botanical Name

CALYCANTHUS 'Venus'

Plant Common Name

Sweetshrub

Special Notice

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General Description

White, magnolia-like blossoms with yellow and violet make Venus sweetshrub a lovely plant for the mixed border. A spreading shrub that is deciduous, this hybrid was first grown from seed at North Carolina State University research facility in Fletcher in 2001, the result of complex crosses of three species of sweetshrubs.

The leaves are oblong ovals, glossy deep green in color. In late spring to midsummer, depending on warmth of the climate, small, plump, light green flower buds arise and open to wide strap-like petaled flowers. They are white to palest yellow in color, with the central core violet-purple. The light fragrance is a delightful blend of strawberry and watermelon. In fall the leaves turn buttery yellow, perhaps gold.

Grow Venus sweetshrub in a moist, well-draining or average garden soil, avoiding highly alkaline or consistently dry areas. Fertile sands with lots of organic matter are acceptable, too. Partial sun is ideal since too much direct sun without adequate soil moisture causes leaves to brown, while too much shade reduces flowering and makes the shrub's branches clamber and become more vine-like. This is a lovely shrub to incorporate into a woodland setting or mixed shrub border, ideally in the background. A collection of plants can readily make a nice screen, too.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Yellow, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No