Wintersweet is a wonderful winter-blooming shrub tree.
Wise Wintersweet 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, if well done, will increase growth and blooming of your wintersweet tree.
- Soil type doesn’t matter.
- Best find a spot that is in light sun without any scorching heat to produce the most abundant blooming.
- Follow our advice on planting shrubs.
Pruning and caring for Wintersweet
It isn’t really necessary to prune wintersweet. If you do, 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
Both fragrant and luminous, its flowers will appeal to you and bring you joy, a blessing in the winter cold.
Wintersweet is a very ornamental shrub, much appreciated for delicate, sweet fragrance of this winter shrub.
Little care is required, only a bit of water in summer in case of high temperatures.
Known wintersweet varieties
The following wintersweet varieties boast evergreen leafage: Chimonanthus campanulatus, Chimonanthus grammatus, Chimonanthus nitens.
Smart tip about Wintersweet
Mulch can keep wintersweet from feeling water stress in summer.
Don’t ingest wintersweet seeds because they’re poisonous
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Wintersweet blooms against blue sky and Wintersweet sunset by Ajari under © CC BY 2.0
Wintersweet buds by Martin Cao under Pixabay license