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Hamamelis mollis

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Chinese witch hazel

Family

Hamamelidaceae


Hamamelis are deciduous shrubs with broadly ovate or rounded leaves, sometimes colouring well in autumn, and fragrant yellow to red flowers with 4 narrow petals, borne on the leafless branches in late winter and early spring, or in autumn

H. mollis is a large deciduous shrub with broad, oval leaves turning yellow in winter, and strongly fragrant, bright golden-yellow flowers in late winter

Synonym(s)

  • Hamamelis mollis var. oblongifolia

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in an open but unexposed site. Will tolerate deep, humus-rich soils over chalk

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers as soon as ripe or grafting in late winter. Budding can be carried out in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Coral spot may be a problem