Stachyurus praecox

Stachyurus praecox, early stachyurus, is a species of flowering plant in the family Stachyuraceae, native to Japan.[1] It is a spreading deciduous shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall by 3 m (10 ft) wide. Pendant, bell-shaped, primrose yellow flowers are borne on naked arching branches in winter and spring.[2] They are followed by ovate leaves, which colour to pink or red before falling in autumn.[3]

Stachyurus praecox
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Crossosomatales
Family: Stachyuraceae
Genus: Stachyurus
S. praecox
Binomial name
Stachyurus praecox

The Latin specific epithet praecox means "early", referring to the exceptionally early flowering season.[4] It was first described in 1836 by Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini.[5]

This plant is cultivated as an ornamental subject in temperate parks and gardens, though rarely seen.[3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2][6]



  1. ^ "Stachyurus praecox". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  2. ^ a b "RHS Plant Selector - Stachyurus praecox". Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Stachyurus praecox (early stachys)". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1845337315.
  5. ^ "Stachyurus praecox". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. November 2018. p. 101. Retrieved 18 February 2020.

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