Yellow flowers with dark red centers emerge along thin branches late February into March. Each flower is comprised of four ½" petals that curl and crinkle. Petals are more colorful and a bit shorter than those of H. virginiana.
Bring branches inside to force through winter as an alternative to forsythia. Mild fruity aroma. Tendency to sucker and form thickets. Medium-dark green deeply veined scalloped oblong-ovate leaves turn golden yellow in autumn for a couple of weeks before falling.
Will sunburn in full sun. Partial sun to light shade in cool fertile woodsy-duff loam. Native to midwestern U.S. Hardiness may be variable in New England. Z4/5. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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