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Chimonanthus praecox
Chimonanthus praecox

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Zones 4-9, 14-21, 28-34
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Chimonanthus praecox

Wintersweet
Calycanthaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

Native of China, Japan. Needs some winter cold. Winter-blooming shrub with spicy-scented blossoms. Slow, open growth to 10– 15 ft. high, 6–8 ft. wide, with many stems from base. Flowers appear on leafless branches in winter or spring and may last for more than a month if not hit by frost. Blossoms are 1 in. wide, translucent pale yellow, with darker centers marked in shades of purple, chocolate, or maroon. Tapered leaves, 3–6 in. long and half as wide, are rough to the touch, medium green; turn yellow green in fall.

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