Corylopsis sinensis var. calvescens f. veitchiana

Plant of the month: April

Its flowers form on pendant racemes (dangling flower stalks) up to 10cm in length the 6 to 20 bell shaped, fragrant yellow flowers with red anthers (the pollen bearing part of the flower). The red anthers help distinguish this plant from others in its species. The flowers are open in early spring before the leaves appear.This deciduous shrub from the eastern Himalayas can be found growing on the edge of woodlands

It requires fertile, moist soil in partial shade to perform at its best and will only require pruning if it becomes too large for its space, pruning should be carried out after flowering.

Eventually this shrub can become 2.5m tall by 2.5m wide.