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Corylopsis sinensis

Previously known as:

  • Corylopsis willmottiae
Phonetic Spelling
kor-i-LOP-sis sih-NEN-sis
Description

Chinese Witch Hazel is native to western China and is an upright spreading rounded shrub growing10-15’ tall. The yellow flowers are in drooping clusters, are mildly fragrant and appear in late winter to early spring.

The preference is for acidic well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It tolerates a wide range of soil types as long as they are well-drained.  This shrub provides winter interest with reddish stems and early blooms.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Spring Purple'
    New growth is plum colored
  • var. calvescens
'Spring Purple', var. calvescens
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#yellow flowers#winter interest#upright#well-drained soil#red stems#hairy leaves#spring interest#vigorus#early spring flowers#late winter flowers#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Spring Purple'
    New growth is plum colored
  • var. calvescens
'Spring Purple', var. calvescens
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#yellow flowers#winter interest#upright#well-drained soil#red stems#hairy leaves#spring interest#vigorus#early spring flowers#late winter flowers#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Corylopsis
    Species:
    sinensis
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Play Value:
    Colorful
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Hanging clusters of yellow flowers with orange anthers appear in early spring. The racemes are up to 2 inches long.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    4-inch long oval leaves are dark green with hairs on the undersides. Fall color is usually an unexceptional yellow.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Reddish-brown stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Hedge