• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, large shrub; reaches 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Late Winter Blooms
    Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ham-a-ME-lis in-ter-MEED-ee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 7, 15 - 17
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, large shrub; reaches 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Winter to Early Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasWitch hazel is an exceptional large 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 PlantsForsythia (Forsythia); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Dogwood (Cornus); Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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. 'Arnold Promise' was developed at the Harvard University Arnold Arboretum where it was introduced in 1928.


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