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Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

Chimonanthus praecox

Botanical Name:    Chimonanthus praecox

Common Name(s):    Wintersweet

Family:    Calycanthaceae

Genus:    Chimonanthus

Species:    Praecox

Plant Type:    Deciduous shrub

Height:    Up to 4 m (13 ft)

Spread:    Up to 3 m (9.8 ft)

Bloom Time:    Late Winter to Early Spring

Bloom Color(s):    Pale yellow

Leaves:    Mid-green

Range:    China


Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) is a deciduous shrubs or small trees growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall by 3 m (9.8 ft) wide. It native to China. The mid-green leaves are opposite, simple, ovate, elliptic, broadly elliptic, ovate-elliptic, oblong-elliptic, or sometimes oblong-lanceolate, 5-29 cm long and 2-12 cm) broad, papery to subleathery. Pale yellow petals and purplish inner petals. It blooms in November to March. It prefers in full sun, and moist, well-drained soil.

How to Grow

Sun:    Full Sun to Part Shade

Water:    Medium

Soil:    Moist, well-drained soil

Propagation:    Seeds, Cuttings