Care & Cultivation Guide: Hamamelis

The spider-like flowers of Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) look delicate and frail but for six or eight weeks from late December through to mid-February they are perhaps the toughest of all winter flowering shrubs. The thin, strap-like petals form a profusion of flowers clumped along the stems. Many varieties have a sweet scent and the majority are also noted for their autumn colour with leaves turning yellow, gold or orange during October and November.

Tough, winter flowering, scented and with good autumn colour, what more could you ask for in a shrub?

PLANTING: Ideally Hamamelis require an open, sunny position to flourish however, they will tolerate semi-shade, but their habit can become open and straggly.

SOIL: Plant in a moist but well-drained, LIME-FREE, humus-rich soil. When planting mix Composted Bark or well-rotted organic matter into the soil.

CARE: Hamamelis are easy to look after – it is beneficial to feed with a general fertiliser, such as Vitax Q4, in spring. Most Hamamelis are grafted and occasionally the rootstock “suckers”. These suckering shoots should be removed as soon as possible.

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