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Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

Kingdom:Plantae
(Unranked):Angiosperms
(Unranked):Magnoliids
Order:Laurales
Family:Calycanthaceae
Genus:Chimonanthus
Species: Chimonanthus praecox
Common name: Wintersweet

Chimonanthus praecox is a genus of flowering plants in the family Calycanthaceae, endemic to China. The name means winter flower in Greek.
They are deciduous or evergreen shrubs growing to 2–13 m tall. The leaves are opposite, entire, 7–20 cm long and 3–7 cm broad. The flowers are 2–3 cm wide, with numerous spirally-arranged yellow. They are strongly scented, and produced in late winter or early spring before the new leaves. The fruit is an elliptic dry capsule 3–4 cm long.