HELP Gorgeous green flowers - unknown tree

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  1. MaurieC

    MaurieC Member

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    022.jpg From New Zealand. Unable to identify this tree. Grows on shady side of house, is somewhat spindly in growth and about 10-15 feet high. Lovely greenish flowers before leaves. Leaves do look a little like an elm leaf. Have trolled through a 700 page tree and garden encyclopaedia and was unable to come up with anything. Has anyone ever seen a tree like this.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    This is a shrub known botanically as Stachyurus praecox.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    We grow Stachurus Praecox,and wish it were better known. The flowering spikes are forming now, and remain dormant for 6 months before opening in the early spring.
    I. Taken 20th September. 2. Taken 27th March.
     

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    Thank you both very much for your replies. Most appreciated, and has now solved the mystery of this beautiful tree in my sister-in-laws garden.
     
  5. C8luvs2gardn

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    Stachurus Praecox: WOW!
    wouldn't have enough room in my yard for it anyway, but just curious as to what zone it is hardy to?
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    According to Michael Dirr, "Manual of Woody Landscape plants", It is hardy in zone 6-7
    (8). He says in Morton arboretumthe plant dies to the ground, but regenerates each year.
    We are zone 9, our biggest shrub is very protected in amongst trees. Another, (new to us ) Stachyurus salicifolia, an evergreen one, gave us a fright, when a slight frost, instantly turned the leaves black. Thankfully it survived, and had a new flush of leaves.
    Hope this helps.

    P.S I would describe the flowers as a delicate yellow rather than green.
     

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