Wintersweet, sweet winter blooming

Delicately unfurled yellow wintersweet blooms along a branch, with hazy branches and blue sky in the background.

Wintersweet is a wonderful winter-blooming shrub tree.

Wise Wintersweet facts

NameChimonanthus praecox
FamilyCalycanthaceae
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, if well done, will increase growth and blooming of your wintersweet tree.

Planting wintersweet

Wintersweet can be planted to the ground either in spring or in fall.

  • Soil type doesn’t matter.
  • Best find a spot that is in light sun without any scorching heat. This will produce the most abundant blooming.
  • Follow our advice on planting shrubs.

Pruning and caring for Wintersweet

Three wintersweet flower buds about to burst open.It isn’t really necessary to prune wintersweet. Prior to pruning, remember that wintersweet will only bear flowers on stems that are already a year old.

  • Remove dead wood and broken branches whenever you notice them.

If you wish to reshape or reduce the size of the largest branches somewhat, then wait for blooming to be over.

Wintergreen care is easy and it will love being planted in light shade.

Learn more about Wintersweet

A y-shaped wintersweet branch with four open golden yellow flowers against a beautiful hazy sunset.This shrub will produce a magnificent blooming as early as January, which lasts until fair days arrive.

Both fragrant and luminous, its flowers will appeal to you and bring you joy, a blessing in the winter cold.

All in all, wintersweet is a very ornamental shrub. Much loved is the delicate, sweet fragrance of this winter bloomer.

Little care is required, only a bit of water in summer in case of high temperatures.

Known wintersweet varieties

The following varieties boast evergreen leafage: Chimonanthus campanulatus, Chimonanthus grammatus, Chimonanthus nitens.

Smart tip about Winter sweet

Mulch can keep wintersweet from feeling water stress in summer.

Don’t ingest wintersweet seeds because they’re poisonous

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Wintersweet blooms against blue sky by TANAKA Juuyoh 田中十洋 under © CC BY 2.0
Wintersweet buds by Martin Cao under Pixabay license
Sunset with wintersweet by Ajari under © CC BY 2.0