Jelena Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'
|Description||Rich coppery-orange flowers on this unusual shrub add blazing color to the winter landscape. Dense clusters of flowers with wavy, strap-like petals blanket the bare branches of the dramatic, spreading form. Plant near entries and patios, where their sweet fragrance can be enjoyed. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Winter to Early Spring|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen|
|Design Ideas||Witch hazel is an exceptional large native shrub for northern home sites. A perfect choice for breaking up long boundaries and fence lines. Makes unusual seasonal interest in out of the way walls of foundation planting. A real problem solver as understory beneath aged old shade trees. Naturally adapted to compositions of mixed woodlands of evergreens and deciduous forest trees. Let it go native in wild gardens among natives, grouped with other species from indigenous plant communities. Exceptionally valuable for transition zones separating cultivated landscapes from undisturbed wildlands.|
|Companion Plants||Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles); Forsythia (Forsythia); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Dogwood (Cornus); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)|
|Care||Provide moderately acidic, organically rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Blooms heaviest on one- to three-year-old shoots.|
|Lore||The American witch hazels were so named because they were used as dowsing rods by colonials who could not obtain the wood of their English hazel in the New World for that purpose. All species contain high tannin content and have been a part of the cosmetic industry as an old fashioned astringent known as witch hazel. Native Americans used it in dozens of remedies and as a valuable coagulant.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8
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