|Who could resist the golden form of spike winterhazel (Corylopsis spicata) 'Aurea' also known as 'Gold Spring'?|
|Heart-shaped leaves with prominent veining are nicely spaced for admiration.|
I needn't give you detailed cultural info on Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea' because I found this terrific write-up by Louis the Plant Geek. (Great site! I'll be browsing around there later.) I do know that the species – which is larger, without the golden leaves – is available near Toronto at Lost Horizons, one of the Holy Grails of nurseries for local plant fanatics. One of them is blogger Barry Vanderveer, aka Teza, who includes the Corylopsis spicata species in his 100 must-haves. Good lust-list reading.
|Here's how it looks in a garden. Note the golden glow in the bottom left corner of this North Carolina woodland.|
|Same amazing garden viewed from the opposite direction; winterhazel at right, with its pink leaves lit up by the sun. |
(I'll write more about the lovely hillside creation of Peter and Jasmin Gentling another time.)