Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’

Family: Calycanthaceae

Countries: Asia, China

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is a deciduous shrub, which grows to 2.5 – 4m (8 – 13ft) in height and to around 1 – 2m (3 – 6ft) in width.

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is usually hardy to withstand winter temperatures as low as -10 to – 15C (14 – 5F).  Plants are most successfully planted in the warmest, most sheltered areas of the garden; plants usually fare well if planted near a south facing wall which helps to provide this shrub with additional heat required during summer and throughout the year.

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ grows best when planted in a south or east facing, sheltered location, where it will receive uninterrupted sunshine.  Plant Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ in moist, well drained soil; this shrub grows well on chalky, sandy, loamy soils that can be either acid, neutral, or alkaline.

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is an easy shrub to grow well, especially if you can offer this fragrant shrub the most elusive and desirable of growing conditions, a south facing wall and well drained, moist soil!  Happily this shrub is not prone to suffer from too many pests or diseases, and the plant requires very little, if any pruning and training.  Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ produces cheerful, frost resistant winter flowers, which are heavily perfumed.

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