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Stachyurus praecox (Early Stachyurus)

Early Stachyurus


Prized for its unique winter blooms, Stachyurus praecox is a spreading large deciduous shrub of great winter beauty. While dormant and leafless, pendant racemes of 10-20 flower buds, resembling strings of pearls, hang in a row from each gracefully arching branch. In late winter to early spring, they will elongate to 4 in. long (10 cm), and the flower buds will open to reveal small, bell-shaped, pale yellow flowers. The foliage of slender-pointed, medium green leaves clothes the plant (sometimes sparsely) throughout the growing season and turns pleasant rosy-red and yellow in fall.

Featuring an open, upright, spreading habit, this unusual flowering shrub sports slender, polished-looking, chestnut-brown branches, which contrast nicely with the pale flowers and look dramatic in the winter garden.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 4-10 ft. tall (120-300 cm) and 3-8 ft. wide (90-240 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in light, neutral to acidic, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location to prevent damage from cold, drying winter winds.
  • Great flowering shrub for mixed shrub borders, woodland gardens or against a wall.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally pest and disease free.
  • Since this shrub flowers on old wood, pruning should be done in early spring immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Stachyurus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
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 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Stachyurus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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