Corylus avellana (Hazel)
- Usually Flowers : February, March
Deciduous shrub or small tree with toothed, hairy leaves. Male flowers appear as cluster of yellow catkins. female flowers bud-like with red styles. February to March. Ht.5m.(16ft.). Leaves turn yellow in autumn. Nuts with woody shell surrounded by leafy bracts after flowers. Grow in sun or shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Good for woodland areas, hedgerows or wild gardens. Often coppiced.
Corylus maxima Purpurea (Purple Leaved Hazel)
- Usually Flowers : January, February
Vigorous, deciduous shrub or small tree with deep purple leaves. Purplish catkins with yellow anthers hang from bare branches in late winter. Ht.6mt.(20ft.). Edible nuts form in autumn. Grow in full sun or partial shade on fertile, well-drained soil. Good for hedging or as specimen plant.
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus Variegatus
- Usually Flowers : May, June
Deciduous, arching shrub with slender, spiny stems bearing bright green leaflets margined creamy-white. Solitary umbels of star-shaped, greenish-white flowers, May to June. Ht.2.5mt.(8ft.). Spherical, black fruit after flowers. Grow in full sun or part shade and well-drained, dry, poorish soil. Good for awkward corners or in border.
Fremontodendron Californian Glory (Flannel Bush)
- Usually Flowers : May, June, July, August, September, October
Large, fast-growing evergreen shrub. Large, saucer-shaped bright yellow flowers produced from late-spring to mid-autumn. Ht.8mt.(25ft.). Half-hardy. Best against a warm wall in full sun and on any fertile, well-drained soil, with protection from cold winds.