A superbe shrub with pale yellow winter flowering.
Common name : Corylopsis
Scientific name : Corylopsis
Family : Hamamelidaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Corylopsis is a genus of nearly 30 species of shrubs in the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceae, native to eastern Asia.
They grow to 2–6 m (6 ft 7 in–19 ft 8 in) tall, often with a crown wider than the shrub's height. The leaves are ovate with an acute apex and a serrated margin. The flowers are produced early in the season in late winter, in pendulous racemes, each flower has five pale yellow petals. The fruit is a dry capsule containing two glossy black seeds. Corylopsis prefers to grow in semi-shade or shade, protected from strong winds. It grows best on humus-rich soils. The sweetly scented flowering branches keep well in a vase
Sowing & planting
100 - 500
6 - 7
Plant my corylopsis
Plant from late autumn to early spring, half-shade, in cool, non-soggy, rather acidic, humus soil. Make a hole twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the layers of soil - you will put them back in order at planting.
Put back some of the bottom soil, and place your corylopsis at the proper depth. Do not bury the base of the plant, replace the soil and tamp well around the roots.
Add some mature compost at the end of the planting. Form a hollow and water until the water no longer flows visibly, then mulch around the foot.
Water my corylopsis
Water thoroughly for the first few weeks after planting! Afterwards, you can space out watering to once a month. In following years, cease watering. This plant is indigenous and adapted to temperate climates.
Prune my corylopsis
Just after flowering, trim your plant slightly. Eliminate tangled branches, receding branches and possibly some large branches, at their base.
Mulch my corylopsis
Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.
Propagate my corylopsis
You can multiply the corylopsis by layering in October: bend soft branches until they touch the ground, fix them in this position, and wait.
After a few months they will have roots in contact with the ground, you can separate them from the foot and replant them further.