Sycopsis sinensis

The curious, tassel-like flowers of this species are worth a close look.
Sycopsis sinensis is one of 7 species of evergreen shrubs which occur in China, the Himalayas and south-east Asia. For much of the year it has little ornamental value, but it brings interest to the garden in winter by way of its petalless flowers, typical of the family Hamamelidaceae. These emerge from a brown felted bract. The male or hermaphrodite flowers can occur in the same flower cluster, and have red anthers and yellow filaments. Sycopsis sinensis is a native of central China, and was originally introduced into cultivation by Ernest Wilson in 1901 for the nursery Messrs Veitch.
Image ID 03617

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