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Chimonanthus praecox 'Grandiflorus' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

large-flowered wintersweet

Family

Calycanthaceae


Chimonanthus can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs with simple leaves and highly fragrant, bowl-shaped, many-petalled flowers borne in winter, followed by cylindrical or urn-shaped seed capsules

'Grandiflorus' is a bushy deciduous medium-sized shrub, with shiny lanceolate leaves to 15cm in length. Flowers small, highly fragrant, waxy yellow with maroon centre

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed and softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free