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Stachyurus chinensis ‘Celina’

Shrubs and trees which flower on old wood, just before the leaves unfurl, have a special charm. Think Witchhazel, Native Dogwood, Redbud. One that we especially love and isn’t so well known is Stachyurus chinensis ‘Celina’. This shrub bears pendant racemes of creamy white/yellow flowers in early spring (April for us). We have ‘Celina’ planted in a sheltered spot  from winter winds, which can desiccate the flower buds. This area is shaded by a Japanese Maple and gets 4-6 hours of sun. Our 7 year old plant is about 4′ tall with arching branches from the base, reaching to about 6′ in width. We expect it will grow to 8′ x 10′ eventually. Fall color varies year to year, but we’ve seen it take on yellow and orange tones. hardy in zones 6-9.

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  1. is this the same or related to Corylopsis pauciflora ?

  2. I’d also recommend ribes odoratum “Crandall.” It has early yellow blossoms on bare branches, a wonderful fragrance, and copious fruit, even without a pollinator. Before planting, I verified that it’s permitted in MA (it’s an alternate host for white pine blister rust), but I’d avoid planting it if you have white pines in your garden

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