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Corylopsis sinensis var. calvescens f. veitchiana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Veitch winter hazel

Family

Hamamelidaceae


Corylopsis are deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple, toothed leaves and nodding racemes of small, usually fragrant, bell-shaped pale yellow flowers in early spring

C. sinensis var. calvescens f. veitchiana is a large deciduous shrub with narrowly ovate leaves and small light yellow flowers in drooping racemes to 4cm in length, on bare shoots; anthers red

Synonym(s)

  • Corylopsis veitchiana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Will grow in acidic soil in a shady position but may need some protection as late frosts can damage the flowers

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in autumn in an open frame, softwood cuttings in summer or layering in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 immediately after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free