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Chimonanthus praecox


Availability: in stock 1.5 litre pot

Product description

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: December to February
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Small, sweetly scented, sulphur-yellow flowers, stained purple inside appear on bare branches throughout the winter months. This vigorous shrub will ususally take a few years to start to flower, but they are well worth the wait and they will make a lovely specimen plant for a sunny, well-drained mixed or winter border. Try to plant it close to a house entrance or path where its scent can be appreciated. Highly prized by floral arrangers, a stem of these unusual, bowl-shaped blooms makes a wonderfully fragrant indoor display.

  • Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove crossing, dead or diseased branches in late spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

“A useful shrub grown by the back door or under a window to appreciate the light spicy winter scent”

Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides

“Strictly for hedonists - translucent flowers set on bare branches are a soft mix of pale-green to ivory claws stained with dried-blackcurrant - subtle and heavily scented in warm shelter”

Val Bourne - Garden Writer