Corylopsis spicata: An old Winter Hazel

I feel a bit guilty about not showing more deciduous trees I’m working on, as they form about 50% of my collection. The reason is that conifers can sometimes be designed in a day, whereas the deciduous I have are either very young, or poorly balanced and old—both of which need 10 or 15 years of work. This Winter Hazel is one of the poorly balanced older trees.

The Winter Hazel came into my yard last year, and is the oldest Winter Hazel I’ve seen over here. In fact I’ve never seen an older one in Japan. Neither had Matt Reel when he visited my yard a few weeks ago.

The problems of the tree were obvious. The larger trunks were to the outside of the base, and there was no center trunk. The center trunk had died, but, curiously, a shoot had developed right in the center of the old rotted hole. That shoot is now about 8 years old. A lot of foliage balancing by cutting leaves in half every year, and restraining some shoot areas and letting other areas run wild, is ahead in the reworking of this one. This photo is just after flowering, and the young leaves and shoots are just beginning to grow.

The progression of my studio is apparent in this photo… mudding and taping is done, paint to follow…

The base. It looks more impressive in person…

New main trunk, and secondary trunk, growing out of old rotted hole.


  1. Sam Ogranaja says:

    Great base Michael. Winter hazel can be so pretty. I’d love to have a clump form. A guy in our office brought one in when David Easterbrook was here in March and it was so impressive.

    Keep the posts coming brother
    Have a great week

  2. Chris says:

    Please show more deciduous trees – so what if they need tons of work, that is how we all learn…


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