Corylopsis pauciflora

Corylopsis pauciflora

It is a dense, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6’ tall and features small drooping clusters (racemes to 1 1/4” long) of primrose yellow flowers in early spring. Each raceme usually has 2-5 flowers. The specific epithet refers to the small number of flowers per raceme, compared to others in the genus, and not the total number on the shrub. Flowers appear before the leaves unfold. Ovate, bright green leaves (to 3” long) have distinctive sunken veining and some marginal teeth. Leaves turn variable but usually unexceptional shades of yellow to yellowish-green in fall. Young leaves have red around the leaf margins and along the ribs before fading to soft green.

Pronunciation: kor-uh-LOP-sis PAW-ki-flor-uh

Species Meaning: Few flowers

Corylopsis pauciflora is native to western Japan and Taiwan.

Cultivation Notes

Best grown in acidic, light but organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Our plant has struggled to get established  due to the lack of moisture retained in the soil. It seems to be doing better now, but 3/4 of the plant has died and has been severely cut back to live growth.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P16006

Found in Portal,

At the intersection of the Portal Garden, the Cutting Garden and Face Corner.

We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens.

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Corylopsis

Species: pauciflora

Commonly known as: Buttercup winterhazel

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer.

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