Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala'

Chinese witch hazel

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala'

Plant details

Chinese witch hazel, Hamamelis mollis, is a reliable and colourful winter flowering shrub, thriving in sun or shade but preferring shelter from strong during the flowering season. The spidery, fragrant and conspicuous blooms grow on bare branches, making Chinese witch hazel perfect for adding winter interest to the garden.

Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala' has deep ochre-yellow crinkled flowers, which become red at the base. Its oval dark green leaves fade to a framatic yellow-orange before falling in autumn. It's perfect for growing as the focal point of a sunny winter border or front garden, where its beauty can be fully appreciated. It makes an excellent cut flower.

For best results, grow Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala' in well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun to part shade.

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Hamamelis

Species: mollis

Cultivar: Brevipetala

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 350cm

Spread: 350cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: December to February

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Love the scent of it in the Welsh Botanic Garden but was unable to find it for sale, last year.

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