Witch hazel

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Roth
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Witch hazel (Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida')
ham-ah-MAY-lis ex in-ter-MEE-dee-ah
Genus:  Hamamelis
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.
Care:  Prefers 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

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Winter
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Hedge,
Screening
Style
Flowering Tree,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Trees

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