Chimonanthus Lindl.


Greek cheimon—winter, anthos—flower.

Deciduous or evergreen shrubs. Leaves opposite, entire. Flowers before the leaves, yellow, axillary. Sepals and petals many, similar. Stamens 5-6 on floral tube; June-July. Fruit of many achenes enclosed in the floral tube that is to 5 cm long and with a constricted mouth, Oct-Nov.

Cuttings but most effective by layering.

4 species from S and E China (widely cultivated in China and Japan).

Nicely (1965).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Calycanthaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Laurales
family       Calycanthaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Chimonanthus praecox (L.) Link