CoFe(2)O(4)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) hybrid materials were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis confirmed the morphology of the as-prepared hybrid material resembling wintersweet flower "buds on branches", in which CoFe(2)O(4) nanoclusters, consisting of nanocrystals with a size of 5-10 nm, are anchored along carbon nanotubes. When applied as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, the CoFe(2)O(4)/MWCNTs hybrid material exhibited a high performance for reversible lithium storage. In particular, the hybrid anode material delivered reversible lithium storage capacities of 809, 765, 539, and 359 mA h g(-1) at current densities of 180, 450, 900, and 1800 mA g(-1), respectively. The superior performance of CoFe(2)O(4)/MWCNTs hybrid materials could be ascribed to the synergistic pinning effect of the wintersweet-flower-like nanoarchitecture. This strategy could also be applied to synthesize other metal oxide/CNTs hybrid materials as high-capacity anode materials for lithium ion batteries.