Corylopsis himalayana ‘Winter Glow’ – This cultivar of Himalaya Winter Hazel is native to India and Bhutan and was introduced by Piroche Plants. It blooms from late winter into early spring with pale yellow racemes before the leaves emerge. May be trained as a large shrub or small tree with blue-green leaves that are about 4 inches long. Grows up to 12-15′ tall. Hardy to zone 7.
Loropetalum chinense var rubrum ‘Fire Dance’ – This relative of the Witch Hazel features semi-evergreen foliage that emerges with deep plum leaves. These contrast nicely against the fringed bright pink flowers that appear from February to April. It prefers some shelter from cold winter winds and can be pruned lightly after flowering. Grows 3-5′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Ilex aquifolium GOLD COAST (syn. ‘Monvila’) – A male form of English Holly that can be used as a pollinator for female cultivars. It forms a dense shrub with smaller deep green leaves edged in creamy-yellow. GOLD COAST can be trained as a hedge or used as a free-standing evergreen accent in the mixed border. Grows 4 to 6′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Camellia x ‘Winter’s Star’ – This cross of Camellia oleifera and C. hiemalis ‘Showa-no-sakae’ was bred for colder regions and introduced by the US National Arboretum. It features large single blooms of lavender-pink with contrasting yellow stamens from October to November. The glossy deep green foliage is evergreen. Grows 6-7′ high by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Gold Rush’ (syn. Edgeworthia papyrifera) – This cultivar of Chinese Paperbush features highly fragrant white and yellow flower clusters borne on the branch tips in late winter. The species is related to Daphne and has narrow, lime green foliage. Prefers partial shade. Overwinter in a cool greenhouse where not hardy. Grows 4-6′ high and wide. Z7.