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Corylopsis pauciflora (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
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Corylopsis pauciflora

Buttercup Winter Hazel
Hamamelidaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

CORYLOPSIS

Asian natives valued for sweet-scented, bell-shaped, soft yellow flowers that hang in short, chain-like clusters on bare branches in early spring. New foliage that follows is often tinged pink; it later turns bright green. Toothed, nearly round leaves somewhat resemble those of hazelnut (Corylus); fall color varies from none to poor to a good clear yellow. Rather open structure with attractive, delicate branching pattern. Give the same soil conditions as you would rhododendrons. Grow in wind-sheltered location in a shrub border or at the edge of a woodland.

Corylopsis pauciflora

Native to Asia. Dainty habit to 4–6 ft. high and wide. Fragrant yellow blossom clusters are 1 3/4 in. long, each containing two or three blooms. Appears in early spring. Branches tend to be brittle; plant where it isn’t likely to be roughed up.

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