Early Stachyurus

Stachyurus praecox

Early Stachyurus - Stachyurus praecox

Common Name: Early Stachyurus
Genus: Stachyurus
Species: praecox

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February to April

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This is a rare and unusual plant which is seldom seen here in the UK. In late winter and early spring pendant racemes of small cup-shaped flowers seem to drip from the bare arching branches creating a beautiful show. A native of thickets and woodland throughout the Himalayas and Eastern Asia it is ideal for adding interest to a shrub border during the coldest part of the year. Alternatively the branches can be tied onto wires or trellis and trained to form a wall shrub.

  • Garden care: Once established the stems that have flowered should be cut back to their base. Apply a generous layer of mulch in spring and protect it from cold dry winds.