|Photo by Richie Steffen - Great Plant Picks|
Buttercup winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)
Toward mid April (depending where you live), the bare branches of buttercup winterhazel hang with inch-long clusters of soft yellow flowers that appear as little lanterns. The fragrance is noticeable, making it perfect near a sitting spot.
It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1993.
|Missouri Botanical Garden photo|
Winterhazel is good in a small city garden or as a woodland underplanting in open shade.
It glows in front of evergreens and is a perfect pairing with purple Rhododendron mucronulatumsince they flower at the exact same time.
And winterhazels look wonderful with snowdrops and hellebores!
|Portland Nursery photo|
As the flowers fade, the leaves unfurl to 3 inches long, bright green with red edges before darkening to rich green. In fall they turn a gold-bronze.
|photo by Eric Larson|
This species is compact and is the ideal choice for a small garden. Plant in spring, in well-drained, acid soil, in a spot with light or dappled shade. It will tolerate full sun with regular watering in the summer. It needs little pruning.
|winterhazel fall color - photo by Eric Larson|
C. pauciflora can be hard to find, but well stocked nurseries will carry it. Look for it in Spring!