Stachyurus praecox


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Outstanding Qualities

This elegant shrub has arching stems creating a graceful vase-like habit and, in late winter, the display of pendulous, creamy yellow flowers is a lovely precursor to springtime and provides for early foraging bees. Each chain has 10 to 20 dainty, bell-shaped blossoms. The deciduous foliage is typically yellow to golden in autumn.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

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

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: textural spring flowers, autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees

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.