Chimonanthus praecox (Winter Sweet, Chimonanthus)
Chimonanthus praecox Description
Chimonanthus is planted for its much needed winter colour and scent, thus the name winter sweet. Masses of tiny golden yellow scented balls are suspended from mature branches where they provide a special treat for those brave enough to be out and about in the garden in the depths of winter.
Chimonanthus praecox - Cultivation Notes
This vigorous upward arching shrub prefers a sheltered position in full sun or part shade, where it is suited to being grown against a wall, within a border or alongside woodland planting. Avoid pruning young plants, pruning out tired old growth during dormancy, cutting back flowering shoots in spring for wall shrubs to shape.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Chimonanthus praecox:
Weaknesses of Chimonanthus praecox
- Scented blossom
- Attractive autumn colour
- Provides valuable winter interest
- Produces winter flowers
Design & Plant Use for Chimonanthus praecox:
- Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
- Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils
- Provides scented winter blossom