Witch hazel

Hamamelis vernalis | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Witch Hazel - soothing bumps and scrapes for centuries.

Hamamelis vernalis is a bushy growing deciduous shrub that’s often called witch hazel. It has broad rounded leaves that provide interesting autumnal colour. During the late winter and early spring, h. vernalis produces deep yellow and perfumed flowers. Witch hazel is best grown in full sun or partial shade and provided with a well-drained soil. It likes to be in a sheltered position and given a deep and humus-rich compost that’s layered over chalky soil. It’s ideal for use in flowerbeds where it will provide interesting winter appeal.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5
Spread [m]
  • 5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Ascending branches
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Fragrant flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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