One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deciduous Chinese shrub that produces heavily scented yellow flowers in winter before the leaves appear, grown in North America as an ornamental.
Chimonanthus praecox, family Calycanthaceae
- ‘I commented on the wintersweet to Mrs. Puckett and, as I might have expected, found some history attached.’
- ‘There were camellias flowering, witch hazel and wintersweet, and rows of paperwhites beside the driveway.’
- ‘During the bleak months of winter wintersweet offers just what its name suggests: sweet, delicate colour amongst a barren winter garden.’
- ‘It is named after several square kilometers of wintersweets.’
- ‘Set as a backdrop, these colourful stems provide an excellent foil for the wintersweet.’
- ‘The Meiguan Pass, known for plum-blossoms, is an ideal niche for appreciating wintersweets.’
- ‘We all say that the witch hazel is under-utilized, but the wintersweet is nowhere to be found.’
- ‘The conifer collection is delightful mosaic of blues, grays, and greens, and the fragrance of wintersweet cannot be missed.’
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