One of the most unusual, but beautiful, of the winter blooming shrubs is Witch Hazel. The common Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana and Chinese Witch Hazel, Hamamelis mollis. These winter-blooming beauties can reach heights of 12' tall and wide and also have great yellow fall color. They are most known, however, for their spider-like yellow flowers in late winter, early spring. They are profuse, precede the leaves and have a light spicy fragrance.
Witch Hazel is an open and rounded shrub in shape. Use it in the landscape as a nice border plant or single specimen. They are an especially nice addition to the winter landscape, due to their unusual bloom time.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Sun and Soil: Grow Witch Hazel in full sun/part shade. The sunnier, the better for best flowering. Requires well-drained, acidic soil to perform its best.
Flowers and Foliage:
The oval leaves are approximately 4-8" long and 2-4" wide. As the leaves emerge, they are reddish-bronze, turning to green. They become yellow/orange in fall for a great display.
The Bright yellow blooms emerge in March, before the leaves.This is one of the last winter-blooming shrubs to produce flowers. The blossoms have a pleasant, spicy fragrance. After flowering, the fruit are formed which is a small four-part seed pod.
- Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Diane’- Copper-Red Blooms
- Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Jelena’- Copper-Orange Blooms
- Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Pallida’- Pale Yellow Blooms
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