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Winter Hazel Corylopsis glabrescens

Previously known as:

  • Corylopsis coreana
Phonetic Spelling
kor-ill-OP-sis glab-RESS-senz
Description

Winter Hazel was first described by Adrien Rene Franchet and Paul Amedee Ludovic Savatier in 1878.  This close relative of witch hazel has the same early flowering and yellow coloring of the flowers.  

Fragrant winter hazel is typically grown for its fragrant flowers that bloom early on bare branches.  It tends to be a massive, multi-stemmed, flat-topped, wide-spreading shrub with a dense canopy.  Be sure to provide plenty of space between plants, as this wide spreader needs room to grow.  Plant in sun to light shade with moist, well-drained soil.  It has a slow to moderate growth rate.

This low maintenance shrub can be pruned immediately after flowering.  Provide protection from strong winds and hot afternoon summer sun.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious pest problems. The flowers are susceptible to late frost damage.

 

 

More information on Corylopsis.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Longwood Chimes'
    Blooms later and longer than other varieties
'Longwood Chimes'
Tags:
#fragrant#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#slow growing#frost tender#winter interest#fall interest#year-round interest#multistemmed#cascading#caterpillars#cascading flowers#fall color yellow#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#clay soils intolerant#wet soils intolerant#dense growth#showy#bell-shaped flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Longwood Chimes'
    Blooms later and longer than other varieties
'Longwood Chimes'
Tags:
#fragrant#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#slow growing#frost tender#winter interest#fall interest#year-round interest#multistemmed#cascading#caterpillars#cascading flowers#fall color yellow#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#clay soils intolerant#wet soils intolerant#dense growth#showy#bell-shaped flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Corylopsis
    Species:
    glabrescens
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Landscape
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan and Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Attract birds, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and caterpillars.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits are a rounded woody capsule, each containing 2 glossy seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The fragrant, pale yellow flowers in April bloom on bare stems. The 1 to 3" racemes dangle from bare branches in early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The 2-4 in leaves are strongly veined. The dark green leaves are grayish on the underside. Its yellow-green to yellow fall color is attractive.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    The stems on this multi-stemmed shrub or small tree have a unique zigzag form.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Understory Tree
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds