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Color-changing wintersweet appears in Kunming without specific reason

By : InKunming | Published: 2018-12-12

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[InKunming--Kunming] As Teo Spengler said, wintersweet is a modest little shrub that is full of surprises. It shrugs its way through the normal growing season with only green foliage as ornament. 

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As winter comes, various wintersweet flowers burst into blossom and fill Heilongtan Park (also named Black Dragon Pool Park) with their honeyed fragrance, attracting flocks of visitors. What is more striking is that there is “color-changing” phenomenon among wintersweet flowers. Some pink purple petals appear in a golden wintersweet bud and then the whole bud gradually becomes pink purple.

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“The wintersweet only exists in Kunming and can be seen at Heilongtan Park. It may be related to the climate, sunshine and temperature difference between morning and evening of Kunming, but the exactly reason need to be explore through further research if condition permits.” According to Huagong, an expert on plum blossoms at Heilongtan Park. 

The wintersweet originated from Chengdu. The color of its flower petals changes when it has been grown in Kunming for several years, which is extremely rare.  

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In addition to the bonsai garden to admire plum blossom, people can visit wintersweet garden where over 200 clumps of wintersweet bloom with the breeze. Huagong introduced that there are more than 20 varieties of wintersweet here, and the fragrance varies from one individual to another.

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“I come to Heilongtan Park to appreciate the beauty of wintersweet in the middle of winter after I retired. Bathing in sunshine and smelling the fragrance of wintersweet, it is a great way to enjoy life.” Ms. Wang said.

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(Editors: Rachel, Christine)


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