Winterhazel is one of the shining stars of the winter garden. Bare branches zig and zag creating a unique pattern, with yellow buds at branch tips. In February scented butter yellow flowers open and hang in clusters like cute little lanterns.

During the rest of the year, Corylopsis is a trouble-free member of the garden. Blue-green heart-shape leaves cloak stems as flowers drop. Fall color is gold. They grow well in sun or shade and are suited to modern, woodland or border gardens.

Several species of Winter Hazels exist and we try to stock a few varieties every year, with guest stars available from time to time.

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Corylopsis glabrescens: Fragrant Winterhazel

Pale yellow fragrant flowers in clusters 1-1/2” long. We sometimes get the Corylopsis glabrescents variety 'Longwood Chimes', which was selected for longer flower clusters and intense fragrance. Taller growing Winterhazels can be treated as small trees in the garden and look similar to the Northwest native Vine Maple Acer circinatum.

Grows 8-15’ tall and wide. Zone 5

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Corylopsis pauciflora: Buttercup Winterhazel

Dainty flower clusters and leaves are smaller than other species. Slender twiggy branches spread out and fill in all the way to the ground. Over time Corylopsis pauciflora develops a flat-topped fountain shape.

Grows 4-6' x 6-8', Zone 6

Corylopsis sinensis: Chinese Winterhazel

Light yellow flowers 2” long, followed by large leaves that are dark green on top and chalky blue-green beneath.

Grows 8-10’ tall and wide. Zone 5 syn. Corylopsis willmottiae

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Corylopsis spicata: Spike Winterhazel

Fragrant yellow flowers with dark red-brown anthers, in short clusters 1-2’ long. New leaves are covered in fuzz. Zig-zagging branches form a unique and intricate pattern.

Grows 6-10' x 6-10', Zone 5.