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Winter hazel

Corylopsis spp.

Also known as

Cowslip bush, Witch hazel

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Winter hazel Overview

Genus consisting of 25 hardy, deciduous shrubs and trees typically grown for their scented, yellow and attractive clusters of around 6-20 bell-shaped flowers on short stalks hanging from unbranched stems called racemes. This genus is categorised in the hazel family, Hamamelidaceae and originates from Eastern Asia. Many of the species are restricted in location to woodland habitats in Korea, Japan, China and the Himalayas.

How to propagate Winter hazel


Softwood cuttings in summer.


Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Winter hazel

Grown for the fragrant, yellow flowers which are produced before hazel-like leaves emerge.

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