Stachyurus praecox Stachyuraceae
Early Spiketail sta-kee-U-rus PRE-koks (PRAY-koks)
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 4-10 ft high (1.2-3 m), upright habit, arching, broad rounded outline. Leaves alternate, simple, ovate-lanceolate, 8-18 cm long, half as wide, rounded base, serrated margin, glossy dark green above, glabrous or slightly pubescent on veins below; fall color from rosy to yellow. Flowers pale yellow, bell-shaped, about 8 mm wide, 10-20 per pendulous clusters (racemes); blooms in early spring (Feb.-March); flower buds visible in fall. Fruit a globose berry, green-yellow with red cheeks, in pendent clusters.
- Sun or part shade (best), in moist, well-drained, acid soil
- USDA Zone 6 Native to Japan.
- Stachyurus: stachys (spike), oura (tail), alluding to the long flower clusters (racemes); praecox: early.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: Hort Garden, east side.