Calycanthus 'Venus' (Sweetshrub)
From our friend the mad scientist of woody plant breeding - Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU - comes this complex hybrid of our native sweetshrub and the Chinese species. Vigorous growing shrub to about 6' tall and a bit more in width, its bright green leaves contrast nicely with creamy white, sweetly fragrant late spring flowers. If you're worried that it's too big for your garden, do what we do. Cut it back to the ground after flowering and let it re-sprout from the base. Full sun or light shade.