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Corylopsis pauciflora (Buttercup Winterhazel)

Buttercup Winterhazel, Buttercup Witch Hazel


Prized for its delicate fragrant blooms, Corylopsis pauciflora (Buttercup Winterhazel) is a slow-growing medium-sized deciduous shrub of great interest year around. In late winter to early spring, a profusion of scented, pale primrose yellow, bell-shaped flowers in short drooping racemes appear on the naked branches. They persist for several weeks and offer a lovely floral display. After flowering, small, ovate, bright green leaves, bronze when young, emerge for the summer and warm up to yellow in fall. Featuring a spreading habit, this multi-stemmed, flowering shrub is so dense that it is almost impossible to see through, even in winter.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location to prevent damage from strong winds.
  • Great flowering shrub for mixed shrub borders and woodland gardens. Ideal choice for a small garden
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally pest and disease free.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to western Japan and Taiwan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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