The University of Connecticut rates 'Diane' as "perhaps the finest red-flowering form" of Witch Hazel, and it received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. In late winter, the showy coppery red flowers are striking against a background of snow. In fall, the leaves turn a rich yellow-orange.
The best antidote to winter is a planting of Witch Hazels. This genus of 5 species of upright, spreading shrubs or small trees provides the first big display of color, beginning in late February or early March and continuing for 6 weeks or more depending on the season (the flower petals sensibly curl up if the temperatures plummet). For an even earlier display, cut some branches in January and force them into bloom indoors. Plants thrive in average, well-drained soil.
For more information on growing Hamamelis click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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DSS from Needham, MA
I'm just west of Boston and I was so excited to receive this baby witch hazel tree several weeks ago and planted it along with numerous other fabulous little trees/shrubs and perennials. Waited for WFF to decide when things should be shipped to me. Everything else is fabulous, filling out nicely. Vigorous. Lovely. This little guy...well, I'm hoping he's just slow to establish because he is still just a twig with tan buds and no obvious signs of life. Maybe since he is an early bloomer I will have to wait till next year? Or by now should I have begun to see something green? Sold out now so I'll be very sad if it turns out the one shipped to me is a dud. :(
Latin Name Pronunciation: ham-uh-mel'is
When everything else is drab and dreary in late winter, Witch Hazels light up the woodland garden with their lacy blooms that look like crepe paper. These vigorous shrubs have great architecture for all-season interest, and the flowers are often delightfully fragrant. Many cutivars offer vibrant fall color in shades of yellow, red, and orange.
Light/Watering: Grow in full sun to light shade in moist, well-drained soil.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Most are pH adaptable, but prefer acidic to neutral soil.
Pests/Diseases: Generally untroubled by insects or disease, but occasionally powdery mildew can be a problem.
Companions: Underplant with Hellebores and spring flowering bulbs. Excellent combined with an evergreen ground cover such as Lily Turf (Liriope).