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07 Jul 2018

THE plant of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 - Calycanthus

The eagle eyed of you may well have spotted this rather unusual shrub in many gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show this year, Calycanthus otherwise known as Allspice or Sweetshrub due to the scented bark, leaves and flowers.

Calycanthus originates from North America and is very popular across the Atlantic. Recently reaching these shores Calycanthus is proving to be rather a hit with the exotic spicy scented flowers, aromatic bark and aromatic leaves.

Calycanthus like to be positioned in full sun to dappled shade in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It is best not to plant in exposed conditions but other than that they are easy to grow and with intermittent flowers produced even after the main flowering season there is always something to love about a Calycanthus.

In stock and ready to go we have the following plants:

• Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’. A medium sized, spreading shrub with strong scented deep red flowers from May to July. Height 3 - 4m. Spread 2-3m

• Calycanthus floridus forms a large rounded shrub with glossy green aromatic leaves. Maroon apple scented flowers appear on the ends of the stems in summer. Height 2.5m. Spread 3m

• Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ An upright, deciduous shrub with glossy, mid-green leaves. Lightly scented, wine-red flowers with a cream centre appear along the branches from May to June & again in August. Height 2 m

• Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Venus’. A medium sized, spreading shrub with strong scented, Magnolia-like, white flowers with yellow and purple centres from June to September. Height 1 - 1.4m

Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ 

Calycanthus 'Aphrodite' and Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' in the RHS Grow Your Own Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show 

Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’