(Wintersweet) A popular semi-evergreen plant native to the woods and hills of China, Chimonanthus praecox has fantastic, sweetly scented, creamy-yellow flowers in winter on mature plants.
A popular semi-evergreen plant native to the woods and hills of China, Chimonanthus praecox has fantastic, sweetly scented, creamy-yellow flowers in winter on mature plants. The flowers scent is exquisite and dried flowers can be used to create home-made pot-pourri.
In our opinion, Chimonanthus praecox should be planted in an area of the garden close to the house or garden path, for example near a back door, where the fragrance can be appreciated in the depths of winter!
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Fertile, well-drained soils.
- Hardiness: Hardy. Chimonanthus praecox will flower better if planted in a warm area, sheltered from strong winds.
- Flowering Period: December - February.
- Flower Colour: Creamy yellow
- Rate of Growth: Moderate
- Habit: Chimonanthus praecox grows to be a medium sized shrub with a branching, rounded crown once established.
- Height: 2.5 m (8 ft) - 3 m (10 ft)
- Spread: up to 3 m (10 ft)
- Notes: Chimonanthus praecox can be pruned to remove any dead material after flowering if required.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Medium (1.5m - 3m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Alkaline, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Dry/Sandy
- Special Features
- Flowers in Winter, Scented, Suitable for Containers