Jelena Witch Hazel
Jelena Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'Item #3923 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ham-a-ME-lis in-ter-MEED-ee-aPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:3 - 7, 15 - 17Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Winter to Early SpringFlower color:OrangeDesign IdeasWitch 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 PlantsFlowering Quince (Chaenomeles); Forsythia (Forsythia); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Dogwood (Cornus); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The ancestors of this modern hybrid are both from Asia. One parent is the highly variable H. japonica, collected and classified by Von Siebold and introduced by the English nursery firm of Vietch and Sons. The other parent, H. mollis, is native to China and collected by Charles Maries in the district of Kukiang in 1879 while working for Veitch. The plant was not officially classified as x Hamamelis until the turn of the century when this new line of Asian witch hazels, not the native Hamamelis, were brought into American Gardens.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.
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