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Calycanthus floridus 'Aphrodite'

Carolina all spice, Spice Bush, Sweetshrub

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Unusual specimen shrub

Extraordinary deep red fragrant flowers

Unique specimen for sheltered wall or woodland border

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A stunning and unusual shrub, rarely seen in gardens, Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ well-deserves to be named after the Greek Goddess of Beauty!

Although it might be unremarkable when not in flower, forming a multi-stemmed shrub with aromatic bark and glossy green leaves – the extraordinary flowers are certainly worth waiting for. From late spring through summer, it bears large, fragrant, purplish-red flowers about 10cm diameter which are highly unusual in their form. They are composed of multiple elongated tepals and are somewhat similar to Magnolias. Their shape, deep red colour and sweet fruity scent are a unique combination that makes this a very special garden specimen. ‘Aphrodite’ is an improved form of the plain species, with exceptionally large and vivid flowers. Flowering is generous and there will be plenty to enjoy in indoor arrangements, where they will fill the room with scent. Their perfumed nectar is also attractive to butterflies.

As well as the flowers being fragrant, the oval leaves are aromatic when bruised, and offer an additional season of interest in the autumn when they turn yellow. Easy to grow in a sheltered location away from cold winds, Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' makes a unique specimen for a woodland style border or trained up against a wall or fence in urban gardens. Height and spread: 2m (6.5ft).

Please note: all parts of this plant are toxic.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 2m (6.5ft)
Spread Up to 2m (6.5ft)

Hardy Shrub

scented gardenslow maintenance gardenexotic gardenspecimen plant

sun or semi shadedappled shade

Flowering Months

1 x 10 Litre Potted Plant (KF2122)
1 x 18 Litre Potted Plant (KF2123)
1 x 25 Litre Potted Plant (KF2124)
1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KC4932)

Acclimatise Calycanthus plants to outdoor conditions for a period of 7 to 10 days prior to planting in their final positions. Grow Calycanthus in borders, in moist, fertile, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Choose a sheltered position in full sun or part shade. Water regularly until Carolina allspice plants are fully established.
Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season while young plants become established. Once established, prune Calycanthus floridus in early spring as the buds begin to swell. Cut back all stems to a low permanent framework, 3 or 4 buds from the base of the plant. After pruning Carolina allspice, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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