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Witch hazel

Hamamelis  × intermedia 'Arnold Promise'

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This vase-shaped, deciduous shrub, up to 12 feet tall and wide, has ascending branches and bright green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces large yellow flowers in mid- and late winter on the bare branches. A cross between H. japonica and H. mollis.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGood specimen, also effective planted in groups.

CarePrefers moist but well-drained, loamy, acidic to neutral soil in full sun to partial shade. Apply mulch and shelter from wind and sun to avoid winter burn.

PropagationGraft cultivars in late winter, or bud in late summer

ProblemsGall aphids, leaf roller, and scale insects, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and wood rot.

  • Genus : Hamamelis
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Winter
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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