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Hamamelis japonica

Japanese witch hazel

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to February
  • Height1.5m to 4m
  • Spread1m to 4.5m
  • Growth HabitOpen branched
  • Flower ColourYellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Hamamelis japonica (Japanese witch hazel). This is an open upright shrub which will grow to a height of 3.5m and about as wide. The flowers are fragrant yellow with twisted petals, which are carried in clusters on the bare branches from mid to late winter. The oval, mid-green leaves will appear in the spring and turn yellow before dropping in the autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Witch hazel

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Specimen with good autumn colour.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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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