What: One of the finest qualities of winterhazel is the bright primrose yellow flowers in late winter. Golden winterhazel adds to an already outstanding ornamental with flashy yellow foliage. There is some confusion over the appropriate name for this plant; It can sometimes be sold as Corylopsis spicata “Aurea.” In spring, the new foliage emerges acid yellow with a tint of red and orange, quickly maturing to a fresh canary yellow. The brilliant foliage will hold its color well into summer in half day sun; In more shade, it will fade to a lovely chartreuse.
Where: Plant ‘Golden Spring’ in a spot with light, open, or dappled shade and rich, well-drained soil. The foliage will be brighter in light shade than sites with more shade.
Size: Grows to 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide in 10 years.
Care: This plant grows best with at least occasional watering during dry weather. Avoid full sun and hot locations to prevent burning the foliage in summer. It has a naturally graceful habit and needs little pruning.
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