Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, clay, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: January, February, March, April
Bloom Color: yellow, red
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: colonizing, cut flowers, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing
Pricing & Availability
Hamamelis vernalisAlso known as:
Hamamelis vernalis is typically a 6' to 10' tall shrub, though it can grow taller under optimum conditions. Its deciduous green foliage is very attractive in fall when it turns vivid golden colors. The fragrant flowers, are yellow to red and appear as early as January.
Easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained acidic soil. Prefers organically rich soil but tolerates heavy clay. Best flower production will be achieved in full sun. Plants tend to sucker abundantly. These can be left to create thickets and a naturalized look. Plants take well to heavy pruning, making them good candidates for hedging. Blooms late winter, January to March. Zones 5-8
Propagate form fresh seed. These should be collected and sown before they completely dry out. Can also be propagated by division, layering, or cuttings.
Flowering stems can be cut and used in flower arrangements.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AR, MO, OK, TX
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