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The fiery red, orange and yellow  spidery flowers of Witch Hazel trees can brighten up the coldest, greyest winter months. These citrus perfumed flowers look striking as they sit along the bare architectural structure of Hamamelis after the autumn coloured foliage has fallen. The flowers look quite delicate but in fact they are really tough and will stand up to cold evenings and even the most boring of Brexit conversations.

They prefer to be grown in an open or slightly shaded position but avoiding windy sites. They need very little maintenance but do like to be planted in an ericaceous compost.


Common name Witch hazel

Botanical name Hamamelis
Flowering time Mid-late winter,
Planting time Autumn to winter
Height and spread 4-5m (13-16ft) by 2.5-5m (8-16ft)
Aspect Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness Hardy. Flowers are frost resistant