Chimonanthus praecox

Wintersweet - Chimonanthus praecox

Common Name: Wintersweet
Genus: Chimonanthus
Species: praecox

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 4.00 m (400 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: December to February

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Small sweetly scented sulphur-yellow flowers stained purple inside appear on bare branches throughout the winter months. This vigorous shrub makes a lovely specimen plant for a sunny well-drained mixed or winter border close to a house entrance or path where its scent can be appreciated. Highly prized by floral arrangers a stem of these unusual bowl-shaped blooms makes a wonderfully fragrant indoor display.

Garden Care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove crossing, dead or diseased branches in late spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.