Stachyurus is a genus of deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or small trees native to the Himalayas, East Asia, and the Philippines. These plants exhibit an elegant, arching growth habit, forming layered structures that bring visual interest to the garden.
Size: Typically, Stachyurus species grow to a height of about 8 to 15 feet (2.4 to 4.5 meters), though some varieties can reach up to 20 feet (6 meters) under ideal conditions.
Flowers: Stachyurus is best known for its distinctive, early blooming season. In late winter to early spring, before the appearance of leaves, it produces drooping chains or racemes of small, bell-shaped flowers. The flowers, often yellow or sometimes purplish, give a vibrant display against the bare branches.
Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 6-8, Stachyurus thrives best in full sun to partial shade and requires well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Uses: The arching branches with cascading flowers of Stachyurus make it an eye-catching specimen in the garden. It’s often used in shrub borders, woodland gardens, or as a standalone feature. Besides, it’s also valued for its green foliage that provides a beautiful backdrop in summer and turns to pleasing yellow hues in autumn.