Chimonanthus, also called wintersweet, is a shrub with stunning winter blooming.
Core Chimonanthus facts
Name – Chimonanthus praecox
Family – Calycanthaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – deciduous or evergreen – Flowering – January to March
Planting, pruning and care are all good practices to increase the growth of your Chimonanthus.
- It is indifferent to the type of soil.
- Most important is to identify a spot that is in light sun without any scorching heat to produce the most abundant blooming.
- Avoid spots with too much wind.
- Follow our advice on planting shrubs.
Mulch will keep your Chimonanthus from stressing out in summer. The growing of Chimonanthus is easy and it will relish being planted in light shade.
Pruning and caring for Chimonanthus
- Remove dead wood and broken branches as you notice them.
If you wish to reshape or reduce live branches somewhat, then wait for blooming to be over.
Good to know: Save Chimonathus twigs and prunings and dry them out. Tie them into small bundles and slide them in your linens.
- Like cedar wood and lavender wands, they’ll keep bugs out and give cloth a pleasant scent.
Known varieties of chimonanthus
The following boast evergreen leafage:
- Chimonanthus campanulatus,
- Chimonanthus grammatus,
- and Chimonanthus nitens.
Chimonanthus is native to China, and appeared in gardens in Europe and the Americas in the 1800s.
Learn more about chimonanthus
Both fragrant and luminous, its flowers will appeal to you and bring you joy, a far cry from the winter cold.
Chimonanthus is a very ornamental shrub, very much appreciated for its winter blooming and delicate fragrance.
It only requires little care, at most just a bit of water in case of high temperatures.
Smart tip about chimonanthus
Don’t ingest the seeds it produces because they’re poisonous.