Stachyurus praecox


Outstanding Qualities

A shrub rarely seen outside of botanical and collectors' gardens, Stachyurus praecox deserves greater use. While grown predominantly for its winter display of pendulous, creamy yellow flowers, it also has golden fall color. Mahogany-red stems are a perfect contrast to the pale flowers and are dramatic in the winter landscape. weeping chains of flowers look dainty and elegant, but if the stem is turned upside down they will point straight up. Hellebores and Stachyurus go hand in hand, but throw in some purpleleaf bergenias, such as 'Bressingham Rudy', to complement the dark stems. Plant with Camellia x williamsii 'Donation' or the very dark green of spruces (Picea orientalis or P. omorika).

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, variegated, blue

Culture Notes

This unusual large shrub prefers full sun to light or open shade. Plant it in rich moist to well-drained soil, although it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established, provide occasional watering to keep it looking its best. Little pruning is needed to maintain its form, only remove any dead, broken or poorly formed limbs. Provide ample space for this large shrub to fully develop.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering