Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet
Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet
Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet
Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet

Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet

Scented / Fragrant
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Shade
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
  • A real winter gem, producing sweet smelling yellow flowers on bare stems in cold winter
  • The flowers are yellow, with purple burgundy markings, and produced in clusters Jan - March
  • Flowers can be cut and brought inside as sweet smelling cut flowers
  • Grows to 3M or so tall and spread, pefect in sunny mixed borders or large pots
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 2L pot to plant out all year - approx 20cm tall.
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Product Description

A super little scented winter treasure 'Wintersweet', as it is commonly called, produces stunning buttery yellow flowers in clusters, each with a lovely burgundy centre and veining detail. Producing a lovely sweet scent on bare stems, they are a joy to behold on cold winter days.

An easy and fairly quick grower, it thrives in mixed shrubberies and borders, or larger pots, in sun or light shade, where you can bring them close to the house for maximum fragrance enjoyment.

They also make a lovely long-lasting cut stem for the vase also.


What Is Supplied

Item 510536 supplied as:
Supplied as an establsihed plant in a 2L pot, 15-20cm tall, ready to plant out all year. Dormant in winter, so no leaves on then.

Plant Information

Top Tips

Established plants can be used as a climbing frame from clematis, which will draw attention away from its rather plain growth after flowering. Alternatively, plant alongside something like a summer flowering, scented shrub.

Care Guide

Planting Advice for wintersweet Chimonanthus praecox:

  • Plant your wintersweet shrubs in a sheltered sunny .
  • location. The shrubs thrive in any well-drained soil and will give the best floral display when trained against a south or west facing wall.
  • If you can, plant near your house so that you can enjoy its fabulous scent.
  • Shrub roots generally tend to spread out rather than down, so dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
    Place your Wintersweet in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling) and firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball, then water well.
  • If you're planting into pots, place some old rocks, stones or gravel in the bottom of the pot for drainage and ballast.
  • Use the best compost you can buy and some sand or grit for drainage.


Aftercare Advice for Wintersweet:

  • Keep plants well-watered and mulch after planting with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.


Pruning Advice for Chimonanthus praecox Wintersweet:

  • Do not prune young plants as this may delay flowering.
  • On established plants, you can prune back longer shoots to 2 buds from the base after flowering
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Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet
Chimonanthus praecox - Wintersweet
2L pot
Item: 510536
Only £9.99
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