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Hamamelis: the perfect plant for winter spice and colour

If you’re looking for colour in the garden this winter then one plant that Ladybrook Nursery can thoroughly recommend is Hamamelis, or witch hazel. In fact, we like the shrub so much that we stock 4 different varieties: Hamamelis X Intermedia Arnold Promise, Hamamelis X Intermedia Jelena, Hamamelis X Intermedia Diane and Hamamelis Mollis Pallida.

So what makes the Hamamelis such an attractive shrub? Well, it’s a free-flowing shrub with spidery orange, red and yellow flowers and a spicy fragrance. It will tolerate most conditions and will thrive in most aspects, though it does ideally prefer full sun to partial shade. All in all we would have to say that the Hamamelis is a must for any winter flowering garden.

Hamamelis X Intermedia Arnold Promise

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Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soils, but prefers planting in full sun to partial shade. Best flowering is in full sun. Hamamelis X Intermedia Arnold Promise prefers moist, acidic rich soils. The shrub will tolerate planting on clay soils as long as the drainage is good. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

Shrub:

Height: 4m

Foliage: green turning orange-yellow in autumn

Flower colour: yellow

Flowering: late winter

Aspect: full sun or partial shade

Hamamelis X Intermedia Jelena

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Best grown in organically rich soils in full sun to partial shade, X Intermedia Jelena is a deciduous shrub that will grow to around 4 metres in time. Noted for its spidery fragrant flowers and handsome foliage, Hamamelis x Intermedia Jelena adds colour and interest throughout the later months of winter.

Shrub

Height 4m

Foliage: green turning orange-yellow in autumn

Flower colour: coppery orange

Flowering: late winter

Aspect: full sun or partial shade

Hamamelis X Intermedia Diane

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Hamamelis x Intermedia Diane is a broad-crowned, large deciduous shrub of open habit, with broad oval leaves which turn red and yellow in autumn, and deep orange-red spicy  flowers in mid to late winter. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

Shrub

Height: 4m

Foliage: green turning bright yellow and orange-red in autumn

Flower colour: coppery-red

Flowering: late winter

Aspect: full sun or partial shade

Hamamelis Mollis Pallida

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Hamamelis Mollis Pallida is a large deciduous shrub with a spreading crown and broad oval leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Flowers bright sulphur-yellow, with relatively broad petals and some scent, in late winter. Fully hardy and best planted in full sun to partial shade.

Shrub

Height: 3m

Foliage: green turning bright yellow and orange-red in autumn

Flower colour: sulphur-yellow, scented

Flowering: late winter

Aspect: full sun or partial shade

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