April Flower: Corylopsis ‘Spring Purple’

Corylopsis 'Spring Purple'

Of all the many beautiful spring-flowering shrubs, corylopsis are among the finest. The members of this small genus have the welcome ability to illuminate the semi-shaded locations in which they thrive with glorious flowers that dangle gracefully on thin stems from mid-spring to midsummer. Their flowers are borne in pendant racemes that resemble catkins or hops. The cultivar C. sinensis var. sinensis ‘Spring Purple’ bears foliage that is a glorious rich plum-purple when young.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Beautiful capture, Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Your recent photo inspired me!

      1. Sue says:

        Ooh, great! Which one was that?

        1. Heyjude says:

          The one with these flowers and a magnolia/camellia (?) in the background in your ‘secret’ walled garden. I ID them for you. 🙂

        2. Sue says:

          Aah yes, the Stachyurus chinensis…

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A great photo Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Gilly, it is a lovely plant – like strings of little bells.

  3. Wow, I’m amazed that it thrives in semi-shade. Beautiful Jude.

  4. I’m glad you explained why a white flower is called purple!

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