Corylopsis pauciflora (Winter Hazel)
Seldom seen in gardens which is a real shame as here is one of the most beautiful of all Spring flowering shrubs. The bare branches of Corylopsis pauciflora are clothed with pendent and sweetly scented primrose yellow flowers in March and April. The foliage is also attractive, the leaves are serrated emerging after the flowers, bronze tinted at first before mellowing to bright green by early Summer. The Winter Hazel is a mild mannered shrub growing to 150cm tall x 250cm wide, they are ideal for the edge of a woodland area or a partially shaded bed – but always where the sweetly scented flowers can be appreciated.
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Corylopsis pauciflora are best grown in well drained neutral or acid soil. They prefer partial shade for best results. Any pruning (if necessary) should be undertaken immediatly after flowering, removing any damaged, diseased or congested branches to maintain a good framework. A generous mulch of leafmould in spring is also beneficial.