Corylopsis sinensis

Chinese 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 Chinese winterhazel hang with clusters of lemon-yellow flowers that glow like little lanterns. As the flowers fade in early April, the pretty leaves unfurl to 4 inches long, dark green above and blue-green beneath. Autumn color is straw yellow, and Chinese winterhazel's slender twigs and pleasing branching habit make it an asset in the winter garden as well. 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'. There are two cultivated forms of Corylopsis sinensis. Corylopsis sinensis f. veitchiana is sometimes called C. veitchiana, Corylopsis sinensis var. sinensis is sometimes called Corylopsis willmottiae. The former has tighter flowers clusters, while the latter has longer clusters. It's unlikely that you'll find these labelled as to variety, but it matters not for both are delightful shrubs.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 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 China.