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.
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
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Flowering period: December to February
Love the scent of it in the Welsh Botanic Garden but was unable to find it for sale, last year.
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