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Wintersweet

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Wintersweet
Interesting Facts

Chimonanthus are native to the woodlands of China; they are deciduous and evergreen shrubs. Species are cultivated for their unusual flowers, which are waxy, open bowl-shaped, and highly fragrant.

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Wintersweet   (Chimonanthus praecox)

C. praecox is native to China and Japan. It is a winter-blooming shrub with spice-scented blossoms. It slowly grows with many stems from the base. It bears flowers on it's leafless branches in the winter or spring. It has blossoms are 1 inch wide translucent pale yellow, with darker centers marked in shades of purple, chocolate, or maroon.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 6 feet to 10 feet
Width: 5 feet to 10 feet
Zones: 7a to 9b
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Mid winter, Late winter
Special Features: Not North American native
Shape: Rounded
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Shake 'n Feed® Continuous Release All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care
Planting:

As soon as ripe, sow seeds in containers in a cold frame. Cold frames are protective structures, located outside for propagating and growing plants. Can propagate by rooting softwood cuttings in summer. Softwood cuttings are cuttings taken from young, non-woody growth.

Plant Growth:

These deciduous shrubs do best with full sun but require afternoon shade in the hottest of climates. They are slow growers to 15 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. In colder climates they should be planted in areas that have some level of frost protection.

Blooming:

Small yellow fragrant flowers with darker colored centers appear on leafless stems in winter or spring. The blooms can last for up to 1 month as long as the weather permits (no frost).

Soil and Irrigation:

Needs adequate drainage. Does best in fertile soil.

Fertilization:

Fertilization is not generally required for good plant output.

Pruning:

Prune plants after flowering. Remove crossing or wayward shoots to maintain a healthy framework.

Pests:

Uncommon.