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Stachyurus praecox ‘Aurea Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Stachyurus praecox ‘Aurea Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

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Stachyurus praecox


Deciduous, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

Slow-growing shrub from Japan to 10 ft. tall and nearly as wide, with slender, polished-looking, chestnut brown branches. Pendulous, 3–4-in.-long flower stalks, each carrying 12 to 20 buds, hang from branches in fall and winter. In late winter, buds open into bell-shaped, pale yellow or greenish yellow flowers 1/3 in. wide. Greenish yellow, berrylike fruit follows in late summer. Bright green, toothed leaves are 3–7 in. long, tapering to a sharp tip; foliage is often somewhat sparse. Rosy red and yellowish fall color is pleasant but not vivid. Grow this plant under a deciduous tree to shelter its winter buds from heavy freezes.

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