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Witch hazel


Add a brilliant splash of color to your autumn landscape with witch hazels. These shrubs feature fantastic fall color in shades of gold, orange, and red. Better yet, they bloom -- usually when other plants are done. Chinese witch hazel blooms in winter; vernal witch hazel blooms in early spring, and common witch hazel blooms in late autumn. The fragrant flowers appear in shades of red, orange, and yellow, and have a spidery appearance.

All witch hazels do best in a spot that gets full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter.


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8 to 20 feet


To 12 feet wide

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'Arnold's Promise' witch hazel
'Arnold's Promise' witch hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold's Promise' shows off yellow fall foliage and large yellow flowers in mid- to late winter. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Common witch hazel
Common witch hazel
Hamamelis virginiana is a North American native offering yellow flowers in autumn and brilliant golden fall foliage. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-8
'Jelena' witch hazel
'Jelena' witch hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' offers lovely orange-red flowers in early winter. In autumn, the foliage turns shades of orange and red. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
'Sandra' witch hazel
'Sandra' witch hazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Sandra' offers golden-yellow flowers in late winter or early spring and yellow autumn foliage. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

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