A medium-sized deciduous wall shrub with long, arching branches. Its bright yellow star-shaped flowers appear abundance on bare green branches throughout the winter. Although a welcome sight in winter the flowers lack the fragrance of its summer flowering cousins.
Back of the border, wall shrub or ground cover. Although not a true climber it can easily be trained up any substantial solid support, such as a wall or pergola, using wires or trellis.
Easy to grow. Thrives on all soil types so long as it is well-drained.
Choose a sunny sheltered position. Although it will
tollerate shade for part of the day.
Soak the root ball well before planting. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Back-fill with a planting mixture of equal parts soil and soil improver/compost. Water thoroughly.
Water thoroughly during dry weather until well established. Mulch with organic matter in spring and add a general fertilizer such as bonemeal.
Prune after flowering. Trim any unwanted long growths back to a main stem to encourage more flowering shoots. Note: next winter's flowers are borne on new shoots produced during the current year. Overgrown plants can be pruned back hard to regenerate them.
Generally disease free. Aphids and mealybugs may affect young growth.
Layer low lying branches or strike semi-hardwood cuttings in a cold frame in early summer. Alternatively, propagate from hardwood cuttings in November.