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Fragrant Wintersweet Tree
Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'

Family: Calycanthaceae
Genus: Chimonanthus (ky-moh-NAN-thus) (Info)
Species: praecox (pray-koks) (Info)
Cultivar: Luteus
Additional cultivar information:(aka Concolor)
Synonym:Chimonanthus praecox var. luteus

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Nottingham, Maryland

Portland, Oregon

Petersburg, Virginia

Woodinville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 3, 2012, Nikonix from Portland, OR wrote:

I have a Chimonathus that is now about 15 feet tall at 25 years. I have traveled extensively in China. The plant in in most major gardens. In Yangzhou,where there is a double flowered form which is commonly for sale . It is grafted. Chimonanthus seed has a 2 year double dormancy but does come up quite large and strong. Once established the plant is very drought tolerant. Mine started blooming a week ago and will continue for a few months even if we freeze hard.