Hinton Ampner Garden

Corylopsis spicata

Winter Hazel


The Crossing south of the Dell


A showy, fragrant, deciduous hardy shrub for the late winter garden with attractive flowers, pleasant fragrance and interesting growth habit growing to 2.5m. Related to the Witchhazel more than the common Hazel it is native to Japan.Clusters of bell-shaped, soft yellow fragrant flowers hang from the bare branches in late winter and earliest spring. The leaves develop after the flowers have finished, and are hazel-like in appearance. At first the leaves have a soft pink tinge, then turn green as they begin to mature.

Site and Care:

It requires a neutral to acid well-drained soil but it seems to thrive here on our alkaline soil provided it is given a good winter mulch. Plant with generous amounts of organic compost. It thrives on a certain amount of neglect requiring little pruning which should be done immediately after flowering.