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Chimonanthus praecox - 'Concolor' (Winter Sweet, Chimonanthus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
Earmark this plant  

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 large shrub prefers a sheltered position in full sun or part shade, where it is suited to being grown at the back of the border or ammongst 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:
  • Scented blossom
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Produces winter flowers
Weaknesses of Chimonanthus praecox
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils
Design & Plant Use for Chimonanthus praecox:
  • Provides scented winter blossom