Stachyurus Praecox


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Common Name: Early Stachyurus
Size: 20 litre
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

20 Litre Pot – Hefty, bushy plants supplied

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained acidic soil
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual height: 2.5 – 4m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5 – 2.5m

Stachyurus Praecox, commonly known as ‘Early Stachyurus’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a deciduous shrub that is native to Japan and China. It belongs to the family Stachyuraceae and can grow up to a height of 4 metres and a width of 2.5 metres. The plant has a rounded habit and a moderate growth rate.

The leaves of are narrow, oval-shaped, and measure around 6-10 cm in length and 2-4 cm in width. They have a shiny, deep green colour that turns to golden yellow in the Autumn before falling off. The new foliage emerges in early Spring and is a bright, fresh green that provides a welcome contrast to the dormant Winter landscape.

The flowers are produced in clusters of pendant racemes that are around 5-10 cm in length. The individual flowers are small and bell-shaped, with a pale yellow-green colour. They are particularly notable for their delicate, sweet fragrance, which can fill the air on warm, sunny days. The blooming period typically occurs in early Spring, just before the new leaves emerge.

Overall, this is a beautiful and elegant shrub that is sure to add interest and beauty to any garden setting. Its delicate flowers, glossy foliage, and moderate growth rate make it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners who value understated elegance.

How to care for your Stachyurus Praecox

  • Soil: Prefers a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil before planting to provide the plant with the nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged, as too much water can cause root rot.
  • Fertiliser: Apply a slow-release fertiliser in early Spring, just before new growth appears. This will provide the plant with the nutrients it needs to produce healthy foliage and flowers.
  • Pruning: Prune after flowering to maintain its shape and size. Remove any dead or diseased branches, as well as any crossing or rubbing branches. You can also remove any suckers that appear around the base of the plant to keep it from becoming too leggy.
  • Winter care: Stachyurus praecox is hardy to -15°C, but it may benefit from a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to protect its roots from freezing temperatures.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that Stachyurus Praecox remains healthy and beautiful for years to come.

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