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Hamamelis mollis

Chinese witch hazel

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

The Chinese witch hazels are reliable and colourful winter flowering shrubs, very robust and hardy, thriving in sun or shade but preferring some shelter from strong cold winds during the flowering season. The blooms, spidery and arising directly from the shoots and branches, are sweetly fragrant and conspicuous. The basic species is a good choice for larger gardens, while varieties often have more colourful flowers. Varieties are usually grafted on H. virginiana and should be planted with the graft union above the soil level. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Hamamelis

Species: mollis

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: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: December to February

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