Corylopsis pauciflora
Corylopsis pauciflora

Making up the plants referred to as Winter Hazel, Corylopsis are a group of around 30 species, many worthy of a place in the garden.

Deciduous small to medium shrubs they are useful for the showy yellow flower racemes, bright green new growth during spring to summer as well as the good fall colour.

All species have yellow flowers, rounded ovate leaves and are deciduous.

Don’t confuse Corylopsis species or Winter Hazel with the more commonly found Witch Hazel which are Hamamelis species.


Corylopsis spicata
Corylopsis spicata

All varieties require similar care.

  • Well drained soil
  • Sunny position protected from frosts


  • C. paucifolia
    Excellent for smaller gardens as this species will only reach around 6ft in height. Pale yellow flowers.
  • C. spicta
    Again from Japan and China, fragrant flowers in spring and the ovate foliage. To around 6 – 8 ft in height.
  • C. glabrescens
    From Japan, reaching around 10 ft -12ft depending on conditions.
  • C. sinensis
    Commonly known as the Chinese Winter Hazel also know as Corylopsis willmottiae. Best grown in a position where it is protected from frosts. Perhaps the most vigorous species.

Where to buy

Varieties are available for sale from the following nurseries

BLOOM RIVER GARDENS – Phone: 541-726-8997
39744 Deerhorn Road Springfield, OR 97478
Corylopsis: Including: Corylopsis pauciflora, Corylopsis gotana, Corylopsis spicata.