Corylopsis glabrescens

Japanese winterhazel

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Outstanding Qualities

Winterhazels are pleasing year ’round – but pure delight in late winter! Toward the end of February, the bare branches of Japanese winterhazel hang with inch-long clusters of pale yellow flowers that glow like little lanterns. As the flowers fade in early April, the pretty leaves unfurl, dark green above and blue-green beneath and as long as four inches. In autumn the leaves turn a straw yellow and dangle from the delicate thin branches.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 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: purple, white, pink

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.