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I have a three year old Corylopsis Spicata - it has never had any catkins - could you please suggest what I could do? It is in a sunny position and watered frequently during dry weather. Thank you.

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  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose Posts: 574
    Hello, Susan, Welcome to the forum.
    Your Corylopsis is relatively young. It will hopefully develop catkins as it matures.
    Is it in a good soil?  
    Do you have a photo, please?
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/4507/Corylopsis-spicata/Details
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Thank you - I can’t send a photograph at the moment as we have workmen in the garden.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,709
    edited May 2020
    Welcome to the forums.
    You have titled your thread Hazel Tree.  Can I just double check.

    Common Hazel is Corylus avellana..it has male catkins and produces Hazel nuts.

    Corylopsis ......Commonly known as spike witch hazel, and cowslip bush.....is very different...one of my favourite shrubs.

    Quote wiki.....Corylopsis is a genus of nearly 30 species of shrubs in the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceae

    The pendulous racemes of yellow flowers in spring are a delight...(I would not describe them as catkins)
    Corylopsis spicata is especially nice as they have protruding red stamen.
    see pics
    Have you got it planted in the right spot?
    They grow best in fertile, moist but well drained soil they love  dappled shade.
    Could the flowers have got frosted?



    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thank you - the variety is Corylopsis Spicata
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,709
    Thank you - the variety is Corylopsis Spicata
    Thank you.
    Sorry ..just wanted to double check.
    They normally flower as very young shrubs.

    Have you got it planted in the right spot?
    They grow best in fertile, moist but well drained soil they love  dappled shade.
    Could the flowers have got frosted?
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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