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Wintersweet blossoms color chilly winter

Updated:2018-01-30 15:27:00

  Few flowers can endure the chilliness of winter, however, plum blossom, or wintersweet, is an exception.

  The yellow clustered flower has started blooming in Beishan Forest Park in Beishan town of Changsha county, filling the air with elegant fragrance and energizing the bleak days of late January.

  Wintersweet, a native Chinese flowering plant, pine and bamboo are often referred to in China as the "three friends of winter".

Wintersweet blossoms color chilly winter

Pink plum blossoms are in full bloom at a family farm in Beishan Forest Park, Beishan town of Changsha county. [Photo by Peng Jiarui/]

  There are thousands of plum trees in the forest park, 30 percent of which are in bloom, making it prime time to appreciate the wintersweet blossoms. Thanks to multiple varieties, the flowering period will last about two months.

  Recommended places to appreciate wintersweet blossoms in Changsha county also include the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Songya Lake Wetland Park and the plum blossom planting base within the Institute of Horticulture of Hunan province.

Wintersweet blossoms color chilly winter

Visitors take photos of plum flowers in full bloom. [Photo by Peng Jiarui/]