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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 Japanto 10 ft. tall and nearly as wide,with slender, polished-looking,chestnut brown branches.Pendulous, 3–4-in.-long flowerstalks, each carrying 12 to20 buds, hang from branchesin fall and winter. In late winter,buds open into bell-shaped,pale yellow or greenish yellowflowers 1/3 in. wide. Greenishyellow, berrylike fruit follows inlate summer. Bright green,toothed leaves are 3–7 in. long,tapering to sharp tip; foliage is often somewhat sparse. Rosyred and yellowish fall color ispleasant but not vivid. Grow thisplant under a deciduous treeto shelter its winter buds fromheavy freezes.

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