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Chimonanthus praecox/Wintersweet

Chimonanthus praecox / Chimonanthus praecox
Stem with flowers and buds
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Stem with flowers and buds

Summer foliage with prominent buds

Flowering branch in late winter

Winter flowers

Tree in bloom

Close-up of winter flowers

Late winter flowers

Sprig of flowers

Flowers and old foliage

Foliage and flowers

Has rather large, dark green leaves in spring and summer

Leaves a[[ear after flowering in winter

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Scientific Name: Chimonanthus praecox
Common Name: Wintersweet
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: White, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Has fragrant flowers in winter and the variety luteus has yellow flowers. Prune after flowering to encourge more compact growth and ecnourage flowering wood production. Is a large, upright, multi-stemmed shrub with a distinctive fountainlike, spreading canopy. Best adapted to the upper South, although flower buds and flowers are subject to severe injury or sometimes destroyed in severe winters. Grows best in a well-drained soil in full sunlight to partial shade.