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.
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.