© Richard W. Hartlage / Great Plant Picks
winterhazels are pleasing year 'round - but pure delight in late winter! Toward the end of February, the bare branches of spike winterhazel hang with inch-long clusters of bright yellow flowers that glow like little lanterns. Peeking out from the pendant blossoms are red anthers. As the flowers fade in April, the pretty leaves unfurl to 4 inches long, dark green above and blue-green beneath. Autumn color is straw yellow. The twigs of this species are not as thin as others, so perhaps not as delicate in appearance, but its branches have an attractive zig-zag habit and its flowers are sweetly scented. winterhazels look wonderful with any early spring perennials - snowdrops, hellebores or cyclamen. For a rich contrast, underplant them with a winter-flowering heath, such as Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'. Like Corylopsis glabrescens, spike winterhazel is native to the woodlands of Japan, where it is fairly rare.
Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: yellow
Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering
Seasonal Interest: charming late winter flowers
Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: orange, purple, lavender
Great Color Partners: yellow, gold, dark green
- Culture Notes
- Plant winterhazels in a spot with light, open, or dappled shade with rich well-drained soil and water occasionally during dry weather. It will tolerate full sun if hot spots are avoided and it is provided with regular watering in the summer. It has a naturally graceful habit and needs little pruning.
- Geek Notes
- Native to Japan.