Native to the montane forests of Assam, East Himalaya, Myanmar, and Tibet, this deciduous shrub or small tree is a member of the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceae, that also includes fothergill and loropetalum. It grows 10-15′ tall and has a dense canopy of oval, blue-green, finely toothed leaves that are up to 4′ long and have felted undersides. In early spring before the leaves appear, nodding, 1-2″ long racemes of very pale yellow, lemon scented, bell-shaped flowers appear. Each raceme has up to 30 flowers. Himalayan winter hazel is a good choice for mixed border as well as for use in woodland and fragrance gardens. The genus name, Corylopsis,  is derived from the Greek words korylos which means hazel and opsis which means like or resemblance and refers to the fact that the leaves are similar to those of hazel plants. The specific epithet, himalayana, refers to the region where the plant is native.

Type: Flowering deciduous shrub or small tree

Outstanding Feature: Fragrant flowers

Form: Umbrella-shaped canopy

Growth Rate: Moderate

Bloom: Nodding racemes of very pale yellow, lemon scented, bell-shaped flowers in early spring

Size: 10-15′ h x 6-10′ W

Light: Dappled shade/bright shade

Soil: Average, consistently moist, well-drained, acidic

Hardiness: Zones 5-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Softwood cuttings

Outstanding Selections: None available

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By Karen