Corylopsis spicata Siebold & Zucc.

Spike Winterhazel



Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Corylopsis

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 4 to 8' tall, spreading to 10' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Densely pubescent young shoots. Leaves are glaucous, alternate, 2 to 4" long and almost as wide. New growth is purplish changing to dark blue-green, pubsecent below. Flowers in racemes to 6" long, yellow petals and purple anthers, in March to April. Light shade in the South. Medium moisture, well-drained soil, not unamended heavy clay. Prune immediately after flowering.


Native to Japan. Introduced in 1860 by Robert Fortune (US 1863).

Published in Fl. Jap. (Siebold) 1: 45 in 1838.

RHS Award of merit in 1897.


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