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Stachyurus chinensis 'Celina'
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Chinese stachyurus 'Celina'

'Celina' is a medium to large-sized shrub with a spreading habit and purplish young branches. It bears stiff, particularly long (up to 23cm on mature plants), hanging racemes of pale yellow cup-shaped flowers a couple of weeks later than S. praecox. The green leaves are broad, narrowing to a tapering point, and show good autumn colour

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Purple Yellow Green
Summer Brown Purple Green
Autumn Brown Purple
Winter Brown Purple Yellow
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Stachyuraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Stachyurus are small deciduous trees with simple, ovate leaves and stiffly pendent racemes of small bell-shaped pale yellow flowers in late winter and early spring

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in light moist but well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to acidic soils. Suitable for shrub border or for a woodland garden but especially good against a wall. Protect from cold winds

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or heeled semi-ripe cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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