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Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

yellow 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

'Luteus' is a medium-sized, bushy deciduous shrub, with rough-textured, glossy, lanceolate leaves to 20cm in length, and small, highly fragrant, waxy yellow flowers in winter

Synonym(s)

  • Chimonanthus fragrans 'Luteus'
  • Chimonanthus praecox 'Concolor'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-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
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed and softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free