Corylopsis pauciflora

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Corylopsis pauciflora
Corylopsis Pauciflora A.jpg
Flowers of C. pauciflora
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Corylopsis
C. pauciflora
Binomial name
Corylopsis pauciflora
Siebold & Zucc.

Corylopsis pauciflora, the buttercup witch hazel or winter hazel, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Corylopsis of the family Hamamelidaceae, native to Taiwan and Japan. It is a deciduous, spreading shrub growing to 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) wide. It produces masses of pale yellow flowers in pendent racemes in early spring, followed by leaves opening bronze and turning to rich green. It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperate regions.[1][2]

The Latin specific epithet pauciflora means "with few flowers".[3] This refers to the low number of flowers per inflorescence compared to other Corylopsis, not to the total number of flowers per plant. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  2. ^ "Winter hazel". Plant Finder. BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Corylopsis pauciflora". Retrieved 15 April 2020.