WINTER HAZEL

FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae | GENUS: CORYLOPSIS

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

These delightful Asian natives are valued for sweet-scented, bell-shaped, soft yellow flowers that hang in short, chainlike clusters on bare branches in early spring. Foliage that follows is often tinged pink; it later turns bright green. Toothed, nearly round leaves somewhat resemble those of hazelnut (Corylus); fall color varies from yellow-green to a good clear yellow. Rather open structure with attractive, delicate branching pattern. Give same soil conditions as you would rhododendrons. Grow in wind-sheltered location in shrub border or at edge of woodland. Not favored by deer.

fragrant winter hazel

corylopsis glabrescens

  • Hardiest species.
  • To 815 feet high and wide.
  • Can be trained as a small tree.
  • Flower clusters are 11 inches long.

buttercup winter hazel

corylopsis pauciflora

  • Dainty habit to 46 feet high and wide.
  • Blossom clusters are 1 inches long, each containing two or three blooms.

corylopsis sinensis

  • A variable species.
  • The typical form is a spreading shrub to 15 feet tall and wide, bearing crowded flower spikes to 2 inches long.
  • Variety Corylopsis s.
  • sinensis (C.
  • willmottiae) has velvety blue-green leaves, hairy leafstalks, and flower clusters to 3 inches long.
  • Its selection 'Spring Purple' has purplish young stems that mature to green.
  • Corylopsis s.
  • calvescens (C.
  • platypetala) has smooth leaf surfaces and almost hairless leafstalks.

spike winter hazel

corylopsis spicata

  • To 8 feet high, 10 feet wide.
  • New growth is purple, maturing to bluish green.
  • Each 1- to 2 inches-long flower cluster holds 6 to 12 blossoms.
  • The showiest winter hazel in bloom.
  • Golden Spring has bright yellow new growth, with a touch of red and yellow, turning to chartreuse in midsummer and orange and yellow in fall.

corylopsis 'Winterthur

  • US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • To 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide, this hybrid can be grown as a large shrub or small tree if trained.
  • Heat tolerant but looks best in warm regions when it has light shade.
  • Gold fall color.

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