Corylopsis glabrescens
Plant Abstract

Known as- Winter hazel
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Hamamelidaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Japan, Korea
ht.- 8 to 15 ft.
Span- 8 to 15 ft.
Coloring- Pale yellow
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Best grown in acidic, organically rich, moderate wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates average garden soils, but not unamended heavy clays. Flower buds are susceptible to damage from early spring frosts. Appreciates a sheltered location in the northern part of its growing range including the St. Louis area.
Fragrant winter hazel is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 8-15” tall and features drooping clusters (racemes) of fragrant pale yellow flowers in late winter to early spring before the foliage emerges. Ovate toothed dark green leaves (to 4’ long) turn variable but usually unexceptional shades of yellow in fall. Closely related to and in the same family as witch hazel.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
As is the case with forsythia and witch hazel, winter hazel provides late winter to early spring bloom in the landscape. Shrub borders or woodland gardens.