A deciduous shrub native to Japan, Stachyurus praecox has catkin-like, drooping, racemes of pale yellow flowers in March, or earlier if the previous winter was mild.
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A deciduous shrub native to Japan, Stachyurus praecox has catkin-like, drooping, racemes of pale yellow flowers in March, or earlier if the previous winter was mild. Masses of these flowers appear on established plants, creating an eye-catching display.
The attractive, pale green leaves appear after the flowers have fallen and last until autumn, turning yellow or bronze in colour before they fall. Stachyurus praecox is a superb plant for creating interest early in the year!
- Position: Full sun or partial shade.
- Soil: Moist, acidic, well drained soil.
- Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Stachyurus praecox requires protection from cold winds and late spring frost once the leaves emerge.
- Flowering Period: March.
- Flower Colour: Pale yellow
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Stachyurus praecox grows to be a medium sized, rounded shrub.
- Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
- Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
- Notes: Stachyurus praecox will grow in full sun as long as it is planted in a soil which remains moist all year round. As a general rule of thumb, it is usually a little less demanding in a position with partial shade or dappled sunlight.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline
- Special Features
- Catkins, Flowering Season - Spring (March - May), Honey Fungus Resistant, Good for Wildlife (Insects including bees & butterflies)
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