Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) in the Witch Hazels Database

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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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Pops open explosively when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Winter
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Bees

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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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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on May 14, 2018 9:30 AM

This is a nice ornamental plant, grown for the clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers, which begin to expand in the autumn as or slightly before the leaves fall, and continue throughout the winter.

Numerous cultivars are available, many are derived from the hybrid H. x intermedia Rehder (H. japonica x H. mollis). Jelena and Robert de Belder of Arboretum Kalmthout, selecting for red cultivars, found three: The first, with bronze flowers, was named 'Jelena'; the next, with red flowers, was named 'Diane' (the name of their daughter); the last, with deep red flowers, was called 'Livia' (the name of their granddaughter).

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