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Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’

Wintersweet

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'
  • Common name: Wintersweet
  • Family: Calycanthaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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

How to grow Chimonanthus 'Luteus'

  • Plant size

    4m height

    3m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Chimonanthus 'Luteus' and wildlife

Chimonanthus 'Luteus' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Chimonanthus 'Luteus' poisonous?

Chimonanthus 'Luteus' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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