Corylopsis, commonly known as winter hazel, is another great genus of winter-flowering shrubs, first cousins to the better-known witch hazels. Most corylopsis, like the Corylopsis pauciflora pictured below, mature around 12-15′ tall x wide. These amazing plants typically begin to flower for us (zone 7b) in late February with pendulous racemes of buttery-yellow flowers.

Corylopsis pauciflora

We think the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) is a dwarf selection of the Japanese native Corylopsis gotoana, named C. ‘March Jewel’, introduced by NC’s Camellia Forest Nursery. Our 11 year-old plant is in full flower this week, and has maintained a nice compact habit at 4′ tall x 6′ wide. I can’t imagine why nurseries across the country aren’t growing this amazing selection. Hardiness Zone 5b-8b, at least.

Corylopsis gotoana ‘March Jewel’

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