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Hamamelis mollis

Chinese witch hazel

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsFebruary & August
  • Height2m to 6m
  • Spread3m to 4.5m
  • Growth HabitOpen branched
  • Flower ColourPink, white-yellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen-grey shades

Description

Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witch hazel). This species is grown for its dramatic winter silhouette and fragrant yellow blooms. This branching shrub is an ideal choice for all-year-round interest. The leaves are heart-shaped, medium green on top and a downy grey-green underneath; they will turn a golden yellow in the autumn. Likes moist, acid soil of an average garden quality in full sun or partial shade. Do not prune.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Witch hazel

Origin

China

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, fragrance, foliage, border, hedging. Winter interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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