Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) in the Witch Hazels Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Pops open explosively when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Provides winter interest


Hamamelis virginiana and Other Witch HazelsHamamelis virginiana and Other Witch Hazels
November 23, 2014

Hamamelis virginiana is a most remarkable plant native to north America. It is also known as common or American witch hazel. It is always in use as a true medicinal plant and it is a plant of great ornamental beauty. Hamamelis vernalis, or the Ozark Witch Hazel, is native to Central America. Hamamelis ovalis, or Leonard's Witch Hazel, was only found in 2004 and although an American native is new to science.

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Location: Sun zone 6Date: 2012-02-07Hamamelis Wesley Supreme
By ge1836
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-11-04full-grown shrub in fall color
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-11-04fall foliage
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-11-04leaves in fall colour
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-11-04trunk and stems
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 7, 2018 3:29 PM

This is a clean, neat, high quality shrub from central China. It usually grows about 10 to 15 feet high and wide, but can get over 20 feet high. It does not have as many stems as the two American species, and being a little more tree-like, one or two of those stems are more like small trunks. Its leaves are rounded and about 3 to 6 inches long by 2.5 to 4.5 inches wide that get a good golden fall color. The buds are densely pubescent. It has the largest witchhazel flowers in February-March that are a little more fragrant than the others, but are less cold hardy, being injured at -10 to -15 F below zero. The Japanese Witchhazel is very similar with smaller leaves, less rounded, to 4 inches long by 2.5 inches wide, and it is a little more cold hardy as a shrub and with flowers. There are several cultivars in the trade from both species. The Asian Hybrid Witchhazel (H. x intermedia) is the hybrid between the Chinese x the Japanese species and has a large number of cultivars, and these are the more popular Witchhazels being sold at many conventional nurseries.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Witch hazel by Bonehead Oct 10, 2018 1:16 AM 4
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