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Veitch's Winter Hazel Corylopsis veitchiana

Previously known as:

  • Corylopsis sinensis f. veitchiana
Phonetic Spelling
kor-i-LOP-sis veet-chee-AY-na
Description

Veitch's Winter Hazel is a beautiful early flowering shrub in the witch hazel family.  It prefers to be planted in organically rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soil in the partial shade. Tolerates full sun or light shade and intolerant of continually wet soils. Like other witch hazels, they bloom in the early spring on bare stems with showy weeping yellow flowers. It should be sited in a place protected from late spring frosts. Prune after flowering. It is pest/disease-free.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Pendulous, yellow-green flowers before leaves
  • Petals rounded and clawed
  • Multi-stemmed small tree with bristle-toothed, heart-shaped leaves

 

 

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#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#yellow flowers#tree#fantz#early spring flowers#delicate fragrance
 
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Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#yellow flowers#tree#fantz#early spring flowers#delicate fragrance
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Corylopsis
    Species:
    veitchiana
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 14 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    A two-valved, dehiscent capsule with black seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    3 inch long weeping racemes of butter-yellow flowers cover the shrub and have a delicate scent. The flowers are 5 petaled with conspicuous reddish anthers. They appear on bare stems in March-April.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The 2-4 inches long oval to elliptic leaves appear bronzy and change to green as they mature. The margins have bristle-like teeth. The upper surface is glossy and the undersides have hairs along the veins.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    The bark is cinnamon in color with occasional mottling.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Slender stems that are often downy when young.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen