Chimonanthus praecox Calycanthaceae
Fragrant Wintersweet ky-mon-ANTH-us PRE-koks (PRAY-koks)
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, large, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m) high, with a somewhat narrower width, multistemmed. Leaves opposite, simple, glossy dark green, 7.5-18 cm long, elliptic-ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, rough to the touch, entire. Flowers waxy-yellow on the outside to purplish inside, about 2-2.5 cm across, very fragrant, opening in winter over many weeks, the length depending on the weather.
- Sun or partial shade, requires well-drained soil, but adaptable to many soils. Should be pruned annually in late winter to remove old wood, prune to a foot or less to rejuvenate large plants.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7 Native to China, introduced into England in 1766.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: inner courtyard of Cordley Hall, southeast corner.