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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

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.


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 is not generally required for good plant output.


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