Botanical Name: Chimonantus praecox
Deciduous shrub / small tree
4m in height, 3m in spread
During the bleak months
of winter wintersweet offers just what its name suggests: sweet,
delicate colour amongst a barren winter garden.
The small, waxy blooms
only appear on mature plants but are well worth the wait. The light
yellow flowers, with maroon coloured inner petals, have a strong,
sweet fragrance. Its petals have a slight translucence and
glow under the winter sun.
In summer wintersweet
puts on a display of large, bright green, if fairly average
from China and is distantly related to the magnolia family.
Wintersweet does best
in full to partial sun in well-drained soil. Like many winter-flowering shrubs
it needs the heat of summer to bloom well in the winter.
In particularly cold
climates it should be positioned against a wall or fence to protect
Generally it is a fairly
low-maintenance plant, although it does require frequent watering,
Prune just after flowering
it can be pruned into shape as a shrub or a small tree.
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