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Re: hamamelis

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] hamamelis
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 11:11:52 -0600
  • References: <31808630.1110901528022.JavaMail.root@sniper19>

Libby, I've ordered a few witch hazels for our display gardens, I'll have to
check later on the varieties, but I know one, at least, was a Hamamelis
vernalis, much hardier than your H. virginiana.  However, have you
considered Winter Hazels?  CC Burrell just had an article in Horticulture
about Corylopsis and I'd go for one of those over a Hamamelis.  I think they
may bloom a little later than Witch Hazel, but he writes, "By late March,
they are the very essence of springtime, their bare branches dripping with
chains of primrose that glow from withinn.  Not until April has slipped into
May is the grand show over."


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <grdner03@yahoo.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 9:41 AM
Subject: [CHAT] hamamelis

> Anybody growing witch hazel? I have a spot I want to put one (but only
> one right now, since they get to 12-20' over the years). I've been
> reading up on them but can't find all the info I need on the varieties:
> bloom time, fragrance, fall color, habit. I was looking at 'Diane' (red,
> good fall color) and 'Arnold's Promise' (yellow, pops up frequently as
> great cultivar). Both are Hamamelis x intermedia.
> I think I'll end up getting it from ForestFarm since White Flower Farms
> wants over $50 for one, but I'd appreciate learning of other sources if
> anyone has gotten one elsewhere. Local nurseries here, if they have
> them, have only Hamamelis virginiana, common witch hazel, which flowers
> in December and suckers. Early spring flowering, fragrance, and more
> upright habit (not too spreading) would be my top 3 criteria. And fall
> color. Early spring flowering, fragrance, upright habit, and orange/red
> fall color would be my top 4 criteria...
> Any witch hazels out there?
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
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