Imagine I am opening the silver envelope to reveal 2nd place in this years PPOTY awards The siver medal goes to… Stachyurus chinensis ‘Magpie’ ‘Magpie’ is the variegated form of S.chinensis. The straight species is very rare in cultivation. Introduced by Ernest Wilson from his 1908 expedition in China. A graceful shrub with a spreading habit. In spring the leafless branches hang with the weight of flowers in racemes up to 20cm (8”) of a creamy yellow. A brilliant plant for cut flower displays at shows and a proven winner with us.