Corylopsis glabrescens
Common Name: winter hazel 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Native Range: Japan
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 8.00 to 15.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: Pale yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant


Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates average garden soils, but not unamended heavy clays. Flower buds are susceptible to damage from early spring frosts. Appreciates a sheltered location in the northern part of its growing range including the St. Louis area.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Corylopsis glabrescens, commonly called fragrant winter hazel, is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 8-15' tall and features drooping clusters (racemes) of fragrant pale yellow flowers in late winter to early spring before the foliage emerges. Ovate toothed dark green leaves (to 4" long) turn variable but usually unexceptional shades of yellow in fall. Closely related to and in the same family as witch hazel.

Genus name comes from the Greek words korylos meaning hazel and opsis meaning like for leaf resemblance to Corylus.

Specific epithet means somewhat glabrous (without hairs).


No serious insect or disease problems.


As is the case with forsythia and witch hazel, winter hazel provides late winter to early spring bloom in the landscape. Shrub borders or woodland gardens.