Late winter is a nice time of year to have a plant come into flower, which makes the blazing glory of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Feuerzauber’ all the more impressive. A cross between H. japonica and H. mollis, this witch hazel is notable for its twisted petals and fiery colors that can range from yellow to orange to red. Hardy to Zone 5, ‘Feuerzauber’ can be a sprawling shrub with estimates of size from 9 to 18 feet tall. Pruning is recommended in spring after flowering, as well as a suggestion that removing suckers will help keep the plant from colonizing. ‘Feuerzauber’ also sports fall color, its leaves changing to orange and red. And that name? A couple of translations are out there, but both work: Magic Fire and Fire Charm.
Photographed by Mark Uchneat.