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Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'

Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'

Common name spike winter hazel
Family hamamelidaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-8)
Flowers yellow (late winter)
Size 4-8'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to Japan. Fragrant clusters of yellow flowers appear in late winter before the leaves unfold. The broad, prominently veined leaves are attractive as they emerge in a bronzy color, and change to blue-green as they mature. Unfortunately, our plant wasn't meant to thrive in Houston's summer heat. After being planted in early May, It hung in valiantly through early July, but succumbed when temperatures became consistently hot both day and night, even though its soil was consistently moist and it received shade most of the day.

spike winter hazel
Can't take the heat

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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