April 23, 2017

A Whiff in Winter

 Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’

Not only does Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ come into bloom in winter, but the spidery yellow flowers offer up a bit of fragrance, too. Hardy to Zone 5, this witch hazel cross (H. mollis x H. japonica) can grow more than 15 feet in height, preferring full sun for the best flowering. Unlike the sprawling nature of some witch hazel varieties, ‘Primavera’ takes on a vase shape. The flowers of ‘Primavera’ are a sulphur yellow, with a red-purple calyx cup at the petals’ base. Pruning is recommended in spring after flowering, as well as a suggestion that removing suckers will help keep the plant from colonizing. But after the blooms fade, the leaves take over. The shrub sports bright green leaves up to 6 inches long in the summer, and  in the autumn, they change to yellow to yellow-orange in color.

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.