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Fragrant Winterhazel*

Corylopsis glabrescens

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Fragrant Winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Fragrant Winterhazel in bloom

Fragrant Winterhazel in bloom

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Fragrant Winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Fragrant Winterhazel flowers

Fragrant Winterhazel flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


An excellent shrub for a splash of color in early spring; dainty fragrant yellow flowers hang from bare branches, interesting shape throughout the year, and excellent fall color

Ornamental Features

Fragrant Winterhazel features delicate racemes of fragrant buttery yellow flowers hanging below the branches in early spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fragrant Winterhazel is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fragrant Winterhazel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fragrant Winterhazel will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features