Sweetshrub or Calycanthus is a wonderful flowering shrub. The shrub blooms profusely and the unusual flowers last a long time in bouquets.
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Growing Calycanthus or Sweetshrub
If you are looking for a beautiful reblooming flowering shrub than look no further than Calycanthus or Sweetshrub. I can see where it comes by the name Sweetshrub because it is one sweet shrub! It has rapidly become one of my favorite flowering shrubs.
As you can see, we have it growing in the back of our shrub bed. It pairs beautifully with the crepe myrtle and the azaleas, providing bloom in the gap between the azaleas bloom time and the crepe myrtles bloom time. It is about 6 feet tall, has been blooming since early May, and is hardy in zones 5-9.
Aphrodite from Proven Winners
This particle sweetshrub is Aphrodite from Proven Winners. It is super easy to grow. Blooms on old wood and new wood. Flowers in mid summer, late summer and early fall.
Gorgeous Flowering Shrub
But let's talk about those flowers! They are a deep wine color and look like faded silk. Seriously. The most gorgeous flowers, they don't even look real. The petals are thicker almost like a magnolia petal. They last forever in a bouquet. They are unusual enough to be total show stoppers on their own! I haven't tried drying them, but I will and let you know how it goes.
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