Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’, the Yellow Wintersweet, is a member of the Calycanthaceae –sweetshrubs or spicebushes – that you can find growing in the South Lodge Border in the Parks. It is a medium-sized, bushy, deciduous shrub, growing to approximately three metres tall. It has long green leaves, but its most beautiful feature is its yellow-white highly scented winter flowers. It likes a sheltered position facing south or south-west, and can either be grown up a wall (as seen at Nuffield College) or as a shrub in a border, as in the Parks. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil; you can propagate the plant either by seed or by taking soft wood cuttings in spring.

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