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Witch hazel

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

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There are few better winter displays than the blossoms of ‘Pallida’ witch hazel. Bright green leaves line its flaring branches in spring and summer. After a display of yellow fall color, the plant shows its distinctive branch structure. Around the end of December, clusters of buds begin to open into spidery, pale yellow flowers. These cover the branches until early March, giving off a rich, fruity perfume. This small tree or large shrub grows up to 12 feet tall and wide.

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.

Propagation Graft cultivars in late winter, or bud in late summer

Problems Gall aphids, leaf rollers, scale insects, powdery mildew, or leaf spots may occur

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