Chimonanthus praecox (L.) Link

Wintersweeet, Jamaican Allspice

Family: Calycanthaceae

Genus: Chimonanthus

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: To 15' tall and 12' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Not particularly attractive, mulit-stemmed leggy form. Very fragrant flowers in winter to early spring, pale translucent petals with a purple center. Blooms on old growth. Leaves opposite, dark green, pointed oval to 6" long. Prune after flowering to rejuvenate. Needs good drainage.


'Grandiflorus' - larger flowers with red staining


Native to China.

Published in Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 2: 66 in 1822.

Basionym Calycanthus praecox L.

Praecox means early.


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