Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'


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Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'
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The flowers of wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox, are renowned for their intense winter fragrance. Small waxy, light sulphur yellow blooms with brownish purple inner petals form on bare branches in late winter, and work well in indoor floral arrangements. Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' has completely yellow, slightly larger flowers than the species, without the purple inner petals. It blooms later in winter than original wintersweet, but its fragrance is not as strong.

For best results grow Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' against a warm sheltered wall in full sun. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

Family: Calycanthaceae

Genus: Chimonanthus

Species: praecox

Cultivar: Luteus

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

Flowering period: January to February

Reader reviews


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.


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!


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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