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Chimonanthus praecox

Wintersweet

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Wintersweet is an appropriate common name, for the flowers appear all winter on mature plants, and are renowned for their fragrance, whole stems often being cut for indoor arrangements. The small waxy blooms, light sulphur yellow with brownish purple inner petals, are produced on the bare branches of older bushes and it takes a young plant a few years to settle down to flowering. It is best grown on a warm sheltered wall in full sun, behind other plants which provide later colour over once the wintersweet has finished flowering.

Family: Calycanthaceae

Genus: Chimonanthus

Species: praecox

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 300cm


Reader reviews

pansy2

Mine is growing in heavy clay, quite claggy in winter and dry in summer. It grows and grows. It is not the most lovely thing in the garden but it's scent is incredibly powerful and superb but do grow something in front of it for summer.


Jaxx

My chimonanthus is growing in quite free draining soil and is so far doing well. It's in its 3rd year and seems to have established now as it's produced more flowers this year. The scent is lovely in the winter but the plant is fairly no descript for the rest of the year....a good one to grow a clematis through perhaps!


Blubell

Thanks for the reviews. I am taking a chance with this as was on offer with gardeners world magazine. Have planted in clay soil on a sunny site flanked by a
Photinia red robin hedge one side and Pampas grass the other side and eleganus behind. Thought I would put at the front so I can smell the scent.


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