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Hamamelis Genus

Witch hazel

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Peaty, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Hamamelis genus (Witch hazel). There are about 5 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees. They have fragrant flowers which are borne on bare stems throughout the winter. The foliage will turn yellow, red and orange in the autumn. They will also bear 2 black seeds that are explosively expelled when ripe. Grown for their autumn colour and fragrant, frost resistant flowers, each with 4 narrowly strap shaped petals. Flourishes in sun or semi-shade and fertile, well drained, peaty, acid soil, although it tolerates good, deep soil over chalk. Fully hardy.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrants

Other common names

Winter bloom

Interest and use

Grown for their autumn colour and fragrant, frost resistant flowers, each with 4 narrowly strap shaped petals.

Propagation

By simple layering or seed in autumn, selected forms by softwood cuttings in summer, by budding in late summer or by grafting in winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be problematic.

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