Favorite Plant Friday

Even though, here in the NW, it seems to be spring there are a few winter blooming plants that are still showing their stuff. The much overlooked Winterhazel is one of them. Corylopsis pauciflora is a lovely shrub to add to your plant palette. It needs room to spread its wings, 6′ tall by 8′ wide, it produces these small yellow flowers that hang from it’s bare branches, late February through early April.

Corylopsis pauciflora close up

Corylopsis pauciflora flowering branches

In early spring it produces beautiful, crinkled leaves tinged with pink and bronze. This Zone 6-9 shrubs likes to be in a light or dappled shade location and requires some additional water when conditions are dry.

Corylopsis pauciflora shrub

The new leaves on C. pauciflora

A smaller version of Winterhazel can be found with Corylopsis spicata. It has similar characteristics as C. pauciflora but grows only 4′ tall and 6′ wide at maturity.

Corylopsis spicata

Here is Corylopsis in the perfect shady setting. photo credit JCRaulston Arboretum

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