Stachyurus praecox
Common name: 
Early Spiketail
Pronunciation: 
sta-kee-U-rus PRE-koks (PRAY-koks)
Family: 
Stachyuraceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 4-10 ft high (1.2-3 m), upright habit, arching, broad rounded outline.  Leaves alternate, simple, ovate-lanceolate, 8-18 cm long, half as wide, rounded base, serrated margin, glossy dark green above, glabrous or slightly pubescent on veins below; fall color from rosy to yellow.  Flowers pale yellow, bell-shaped, about 8 mm wide, 10-20 per pendulous clusters (racemes); blooms in early spring (Feb.-March); flower buds visible in fall.  Fruit a globose berry, green-yellow with red cheeks, in pendent clusters.
  • Sun or part shade (best), in moist, well-drained, acid soil
  • USDA Zone 6      Native to Japan.
  • Stachyurus: stachys (spike), oura (tail), alluding to the long flower clusters (racemes);  praecox: early.
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