Corylopsis (Winterhazel) - Spicata

 


Article by: Alan Summers

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Tired of harsh yellow flowers , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know like forsythia and King Alfred daffodils in the early spring? Not as common is another shrub , Gardening with Garden Decor that not only blooms at the same time as the forsythia, but has a profusion of pastel yellow, fragrant blooms that will brighten up your garden , Composting for Kids as winter , Flower Gardens turns to spring , Relaxation in the Garden Starts With a Swing Bed - Corylopsis spicata or Winterhazel.

Corylopsis spicata

Corylopsis spicata is by far the most handsome of all the Corylopsis and the earliest to bloom. Beginning in March, pendulous 2 inch chains of lemon-yellow blooms appear on the bare branches. They are somewhat reminiscent of wisteria blooms in shape, but on a much smaller scale. The fragrance is spicy and sweet, similar to that of witchhazel to which winterhazel is closely related. New foliage will soon appear, unfurling a dark purple and maturing to a deep blue-green with lightly felted undersides. Corylopsis spicata will slowly develop into an attractive, broad mass of horizontal branches, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It is a prefect accent in front of a dark backdrop, such as a dark wall , A Home Garden Fun for the Whole Family or evergreens, and is ideal for border or mass plantings. Corylopsis spicata works well when planted as a mid border planting dressed down with Rhododendron PJM, Azalea poukahanese or Crocus tomasinianus in the foreground - all of which bloom at the same time as the winterhazel.

Planting and Care

For best results, plant , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden in the fall , Rugged Outdoor Elegance: All Weather Indoor / Outdoor Rugs (except in zone 5 where spring , Relaxation in the Garden Starts With a Swing Bed is the desired time to plant) In zone 6, 2 inches of shredded hardwood mulch and a burlap screen is recommended for winter , Planting for Wildlife protection the first year.

  • Does best in light , September Gardening Tips shade, but will tolerate full sun , Planting for Wildlife or up to half shade. Choose a site protected from the worst of the winter , Skip The Pesticide And Use Natural Alternatives winds.


  • Prefers moist, well-drained acid soil. , Landscaping for Wildlife Add peat moss and sand , A Home Garden Fun for the Whole Family at planting.


  • Water regularly until established, will not tolerate drought. , Skip The Pesticide And Use Natural Alternatives


  • Fertilize with Kelp Meal and Cottonseed Meal in late fall , Skip The Pesticide And Use Natural Alternatives and early spring. , Landscape Lighting


  • Hardy in Zones 5-8.
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