Corylopsis, also known as winter hazel, is a small genus of deciduous shrubs or small trees native to East Asia, primarily in China, Korea, and Japan. Members of this genus display a graceful, spreading growth habit, often producing layered, arching branches. Their delicate arching form lends an air of tranquility and elegance to any garden setting.
Size: Corylopsis can vary from small shrubs about 3 feet (0.9 m) tall to small trees reaching up to 20 feet (6 m) high.
Flowers: One of the key features of Corylopsis is its early blooming season. It bursts into bloom in late winter to early spring before its leaves appear. It produces small, buttery-yellow flowers that hang in chains, creating an enchanting display. The flowers also have a subtle sweet fragrance that adds to their allure.
Foliage: Some species have leaves that turn to a vibrant yellow in the autumn, providing additional seasonal interest.
Hardiness: Corylopsis is generally hardy in USDA zones 5-9, though this can vary slightly between species.
Pollinators: The flowers of Corylopsis attract various pollinators, such as bees and other beneficial insects.
Uses: The early blooming nature and delightful fragrance of Corylopsis make it an excellent choice for ornamental use in gardens. Winter Hazel is often used in shrub borders, woodland gardens, or as a specimen plant.