CHIMONANTHUS praecox

Commonly known as Wintersweet

(Syn. fragrans) - highly scented yellow flowers with a purple centre on bare stems
Further Reading....

CHIMONANTHUS praecox

 
  • Deciduous
    glossy, mid-green leaves to 8cm (2in) long in opposite pairs.
  • Purple Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Purple centre
  • Yellow
  • Height
    4m (13ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Vigorous, upright shrub. Pendent flowers to 2.5cm (1in) across on second year bare shoots in winter.
  • Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - add stems to indoor winter flower arrangements. Dried flowers can be used like lavender to scent linen.
  • Pests & Diseases
    none.
  • Place of origin
    China.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Pruning group 8 - Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
    Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
    When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.

    RHS group 12 & 13
    if wall-trained
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
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Chimonanthus - Growing Guide
4m (13ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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