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Corylopsis pauciflora

Winter hazel

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers



Skill level


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This graceful Japanese shrub is popular for its early display of bright flowers on bare branches. All the corylopsis species are breathtaking in spring: lovely shrubs that deserve space in a lightly shaded part of the garden where their blooms will be protected from spring frosts. This species is densely branched, often wider than it is tall, and with a naturally graceful habit that can be spoilt by pruning. The flowers are primrose yellow, cowslip-scented, and open slightly earlier than other species'. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Corylopsis

Species: pauciflora

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 210cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: March to March

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