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Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

Wintersweet, Japan All-Spice, Calycanthus praecox, Chimonanthus fragrans


Prized for its attractive and sweetly scented winter blooms, Chimonanthus praecox is a deciduous shrub which adds beauty and fragrance to the garden when most plants lie dormant. In mid-late winter, a profusion of small, highly fragrant, bowl-shaped flowers with almost transparent, greenish-yellow outer petals and short reddish purple inner tepals appear on the naked branches. They may last until early spring, depending on the winter temperatures.

Bushy, this upright, vase-shaped flowering shrub has a slightly arching habit and sports shiny lanceolate, dark green leaves which warm up to yellow in fall. One of the finest plants that the winter garden can offer! This shrub will usually take a few years to start to flower, but it is worth the wait.

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 8-12 ft. wide (240-360 cm)
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought-tolerant when established.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic winter blooms. Great flowering shrub for cottage gardens or city gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally pest and disease free.
  • Minimal pruning is required. Remove crossing, dead or diseased branches in late spring.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Can also be propagated by softwood cuttings in summer.
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs, Chimonanthus - Wintersweets
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Calycanthus - Sweetshrubs, Chimonanthus - Wintersweets
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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