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 NotesThis 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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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