Corylopsis pauciflora


Deciduous Shrub

Outstanding Qualities
Winterhazels are pleasing year 'round - but pure delight in late winter! Toward the end of February, the bare branches of buttercup winterhazel hang with half inch-long clusters of pastel yellow flowers that glow like little lanterns. As the flowers fade in April, the pretty leaves unfurl to 3 inches long, bright green and blushed with bronze. Autumn color is straw yellow. This species is much more compact than the others, with slender stems and an intricate branching pattern. Because of this habit and its slow growth, it is is the ideal choice for a small garden and can even be trained against a north- or east-facing wall.

Culture Notes
Plant winterhazels in a spot with light, open, or dappled shade with rich well-drained soil and water occasionally during dry weather. It will tolerate full sun if hot spots are avoided and it is provided with regular watering in the summer. It has a naturally graceful habit and needs little pruning.

—Description courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Low, Occasional


Size: 42 - 72 tall x 60 - 96 wide
Shape / Form: Horizontal, Pendulous / Weeping
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Flowers, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest

Foliage Color: Green, Yellow
Fall Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold
Bloom Season: Mar, Apr, Spring
Flower Shape: Pendant

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Bees, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Late Winter / Early Spring, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos