Hamamelis x intermedia
- Common Name(s):
- Hybrid witch hazel, Winter blooming witch hazel
- 'Allgold', 'Arnold Promise', 'Carmine Red', 'Dianne', 'Jelena' , 'Moonlight', 'Orange Beauty', 'Primavera', 'Princeton Gold', 'Ruby Glow', 'Sunburst', 'Feuerzauber', 'Aphrodite', 'Angelly', 'Pallida'
Hybrid winter-blooming witch hazels, blooming as early as late January, are a must-have for your garden. They offer almost 30 days of blooms, fall foliage color, and hardiness in USDA zones 4 through 9. All plants that are commonly referred to as witch hazel are in the genus Hamamelis. These winter-blooming hybrids, Hamamelis × intermedia, make up a group of hybrids between H. japonica and H. mollis. The species name indicates that they have intermediate characteristics between the other two species.
The plants are loosely branched, multistemmed shrubs or small trees, usually 15 to 20 feet tall. With pruning, a specimen can be maintained as a single trunk tree. H. × intermedia prefers full sun, and moist soil. Cultivars have bloom colors ranging from bright-yellow to red. Noteworthy cultivars include ‘Arnolds Promise’ with yellow blooms, ‘Diane’ (red), and ‘Jelena’ (coppery-orange).
Foliage resembles hazelnut; hybrid between H. japonica and H. mollis.
Wildlife Value: This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
Compare this plant to: H. japonica and H. mollis
- 6-20 ft.
- Cluster of yellow to red flowers in late winter; twisted petals; fragrant
- 5 to 9
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
- Graceful, upright; loosely branched, broadly spreading
- 8-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 2-4 in. dark green leaves; yellow fall color sometimes tinged with purple or red
NCCES plant id: 2006