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Stachyurus praecox

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A deciduous shrub native to Japan, Stachyurus praecox develops masses of catkin-like, drooping, racemes of pale yellow flowers in March, or earlier after a mild winter.

The attractive, pale green leaves appear after the flowers have fallen and last until autumn, turning yellow or bronze before they fall. A superb plant for interest early in the year!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 50 cm tall)

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Stachyurus praecox | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Stachyurus praecox | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Stachyurus praecox | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist, acidic, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Stachyurus praecox requires protection from cold winds and late spring frost once the leaves emerge.
Flowering Period: March.
Flower Colour: Pale yellow
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Stachyurus praecox grows to be a medium sized, rounded shrub.
Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)

Notes: Stachyurus praecox will grow in full sun as long as it is planted in a soil which remains moist all year round. As a general rule of thumb, it is usually a little less demanding in a position with partial shade or dappled sunlight.

Plant Finder: about Stachyurus praecox


Stachyurus praecox. This species of shrub grows to about 4m high and wide, which is deciduous and indigenous to Japan. It produces gracefully drooping, 8cm long racemes of buds which appear on the bare branches in the autumn, which will open as small pale yellow flowers in late winter or early spring. The leaves that follow are up to 15cm long.


They grow well in humus-rich, well-drained, acidic soil in sun or light shade, they are usually propagated from seeds or cuttings in the summer.

Interest and use

Spring interest.

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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