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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 hazels are reliable and colourful winter flowering shrubs, being robust and hardy, and thriving in sun or shade. They do better if sheltered strong cold winds during the flowering season. Their conspicuous, fragrant and spidery blooms grow directly from the shoots and branches. The basic species is a good choice for larger gardens, while cultivars often have more colourful flowers. Hamamelis mollis 'Brevipetala' has deep ochre-yellow crinkled flowers, which become red at the base. The oval dark green leaves fade to yellow-orange before falling in autumn.

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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