Corylopsis spicata
Common name: 
Spike Winterhazel
kor-i-LOP-sis spi-KAH-ta
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub, multistemmed, wide spreading, 4-6(10) ft [1.2-1.8(3) m] tall with a greater width.   Leaves alternate, simple, 5-10 cm long, rounded (orbicular-ovate to orbicular-obovate), tip abruptly acuminate, base cordate (heart-shaped) to rounded, margin with bristle-like teeth, new growth purplish, later dull green to blue green, 6-8 vein pairs; petiole 1.3-2.5 cm long, woolly.  Flowers appear before leaves, fragrant, soft yellow, in pendulous, 2.5-5 cm long, clusters (racemes), 6-12 flowers per cluster, stamens with pink filaments, and anthers brown, purple or red.  
  • Light shade, well-drained soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native to the mountains of Japan.
  • spicata: with flowers in spikes.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • flowers


  • new growth after petal drop

    new growth after petal drop

  • leaves and fruit cluster, summer

    leaves and fruit cluster, summer

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaf, fall

    leaf, fall