Hamamelis (Witch-hazel)



Hamamelis (Witch-hazel) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae. There are two species in North America ( H. virginiana and H. vernalis) and one each in Japan (H.japonica) and China (H.mollis).

Witch-hazels are one of the best winter-flowering deciduous shrubs with fragrant flowers in winter to spring. Its fruit, flowers and next years leaf buds are all appear on the branch simultaneously, a rarity among trees. Witch-hazels are popular ornamental plants, grown for their beautiful clusters of rich-yellow to orange-red flowers. The leaves also give a good autumn colors. They can also grown in woodland garden or mixed border.

Plant Witch-hazel in sun or partial shade in moisture-retentive but well-drained, acid to neutral soil. Pruning is not necessary. Propagation is through ripe seed or graft in late winter. Look out for honey fungus.

Hamamelis japonicaHamamelis japonica
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authorshipKurt Stüber
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Hamamelis vernalisHamamelis vernalis
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authorshipKurt Stüber
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Hamamelis mollisHamamelis mollis
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authorshipKurt Stüber
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Hamamelis mollis OliverHamamelis mollis Oliver
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authorshipUsien
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Hamamelis virginianaHamamelis virginiana
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authorshipH. Zell
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Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diana'Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diana'
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authorshipKENPEI
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