Witch hazel

Hamamelis  × intermedia 'Arnold Promise'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Witch hazel (Hamamelis  × intermedia 'Arnold Promise')
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Genus:  Hamamelis

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 Characteristics: 

Good specimen, also effective planted in groups.

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

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Winter
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Shrubs

Hamamelis  × intermedia 'Arnold Promise'