Wintersweet

Chimonanthus - wintersweet - is a genus of flowering plants in the family Calycanthaceae, endemic to China. It is also grown in Iran, probably imported from China. The genus includes three to six species depending on taxonomic interpretation.
Common name : Wintersweet
Scientific name : Chimonanthus praecox
Family : Calycanthaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Sun loving
Sun loving
Frost resistant
Frost resistant
Wintersweet is a vigorous deciduous shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall with an erect trunk and leaves 5–29 cm (2–11 in) long. Its strongly scented pendent flowers, produced in winter on bare stems, have yellow or pale green-yellow tepals. Wintersweet is cultivated in gardens yo produce valued flower colour in the dormant season.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 150 - 1000
pH 6 - 8

Plant my wintersweet

Plant from late autumn to early spring, in full sun, in normal, drained and moderately moist soil. Make a hole twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the layers of soil - you will put them back in order at planting. Put back some of the earth from the bottom, and place your mahonia at the right depth. Do not bury the base of the trunks, and fill with the rest of the soil while tamping regularly around the roots. Form a "bowl" of earth around the plant and water until the water no longer flows visibly.

Water my wintersweet

Water copiously the first weeks after planting! Then you can space this frequency to once a month. The following years, no more watering, the chimonanthe is adapted to the temperate climate.

Prune my wintersweet

After flowering, each year in March, cut off old branches, intersecting branches, and dead branches.

Mulch my wintersweet

Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.

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