As I was heading to my dinner with a friend and her family on Easter this past Sunday, I opted to bring some Spring color to her yard instead of a plate for the table. I knew she wanted some heath but what was available didn’t seem quite vibrant enough.
In my wandering around I came across this enticing specimen. Winterhazel, Corylopsis Spicata. A lovely, soft yellow and a tiered, draping flower. Will take full sun but prefers afternoon shade. Surely, there must be a spot in her yard for this? ( And, of course, I felt I should have one, too.)
I really didn’t know anything about Winterhazel. So when I investigated it I was very excited—seeing all those mature “images” on my web search. When I checked it out in Michael Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants”, I got some extra satisfaction reading this “ranks at the top of my list as an early-flowering shrub”. It felt like I had hit the jackpot.
And all this because I hadn’t had time to cook a desert! I think my friend and I will enjoy many springs watching these beauties grow.