Plant of the Week: Spike Winter Hazel

Spike winter hazel blooms with plentiful yellow flowers in late winter or early spring.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Corylopsis spicata is a another member of the witch hazel family. (Read more about High Line Gardeners’ love of witch hazel here and here.)

Better known as spike winter hazel and native to Japan, Corylopsis spicata blooms in the late winter in the Chelsea Thicket, on the High Line between West 20th and West 21st Streets. You can’t miss the plant as you pass through the space; this tall shrub is currently covered with thousands of small yellow flowers sending a distinct fragrance into the air. The petals will eventually give way to new spring foliage with a soft pink tinge as the season progresses.

Help us keep the planting beds beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Take plenty of photos, but please do not pick any of the plants or blooms.

Between West 20th and West 21st Streets

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