Missing (Winter) Link
most plants are hibernating for the winter, witchhazels delight
the senses with a tantalizing array of delicate, often fragrant
flowers. A wonderful winter accent, this small- to medium-sized
shrub complements other plantings in the landscape. Depending
on the species and the named variety, witchhazels bloom from late
fall through early spring. To cope with blustery weather, their
flower petals curl up and then reopen on warmer, sunny days. The
flowers, which have thread-like petals somewhat akin to bee balm,
vary in color from tinges of yellow to red to orange.
leaves resemble hazelnut and the fruit provide further winter
interest. They are upright, loosely branched shrubs or small trees
and need room to brqanch out -- 10-15 feet in height and width.
Pruning is not necessary except for infrequent shaping.
you prefer natives, Hamamelis virginiana, which blooms
in the fall, and Hamamelis vernalis, which blooms in late
winter, are available. Hybrid cultivars such as 'Arnold Promise',
'Ruby Glow' and 'Primavera' are best for consistent flowering,
scent and fall color.
edge of a natural area or a mixed shrub border with improved soil,
good drainage and occasional irrigation is ideal for these plants.
They look most attractive when used to heighten areas of a garden
that already are inviting. They're perfect for established landscapes,
especially historic homes and gardens.
witchhazels in the JC Raulston Arboretum Winter Garden and in
other areas of the east JCRA will surprise you with their incredible
ornamental displays at the most unexpected times. You can see
a dazzling cultivar array of native species, study cultivars from
the Chinese species, H. mollis, and even smile at the weeping
form, 'Lombart's Weeping'. Search the JCRA accessions database
for a complete listing by clicking on "Horticulture"
then "Current Plantings."