Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stachyurus praecox, Early Spiketail

Stachyurus praecox
 Early Spiketail

This is one of those forgotten deciduous shrubs which is rarely grown now . It is from Japan ,grows to about 2 metres in an open vase shape and at the moment the greenish yellow drooping bell shaped flowers are starting to open from the shiny red branches. The leaves are an interesting shade of copper green and there is a cultivar called 'Magpie' with cream edged leaves. Cut stems are excellent for floral work.

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