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Chimonanthus praecox

Wintersweet

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Features

  • BloomsDecember to February
  • Height1.5m to 3m
  • Spread1m to 3m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourYellow shaded purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet). A stiff climbing or wall plant native to China. Opposite leaves are harsh-textured and dark green, brown when falling. The yellow striped purple flowers appear profusely on bare winter branches, in warmer climates among the last leaves of autumn. The cultivar ‘Luteus’ has late blooming, buttercup-yellow flowers.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

China

Interest and use

Winter interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH9.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

In cold climates these plants should be positioned against a warm wall to protect the flowers. Thin out weaker stems after blooms.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds when ripe, in late spring and early summer, and the cultivars by softwood cuttings in the summer.

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