Hamamelis vernalis 'Amethyst'
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Hamamelis vernalis 'Amethyst'

Hamamelis vernalis 'Amethyst'

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Common Name: Vernal Witch Hazel
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Mar
Mature Height: 8-10' Spacing: 8-10'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BAREROOT 30-36"
Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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Imagine the barren winter landscape suddenly alive with the lightly fragrant, reddish purple blossoms of this remarkable Hamamelis vernalis 'Amethyst' (Witch Hazel). The shrub puts on a second show in autumn, its foliage turning a fiery red and 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 Growing Guide.




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.


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Early fragrant bloomer

The blooms are small and not nearly as purple as the name "amethyst" would have you believe -- they're more like a maroon. However, this witch hazel -- planted in a sheltered, southeastern-facing spot in my yard -- reliably blooms extremely early, in Jan or Feb, weeks and weeks before anything else in the garden. It's also incredibly fragrant -- I usually notice the lovely smell before noticing the tiny blooms. Even if the blooms aren't much to look at (in my opinion) there's something so wonderful about the smell of flowers wafting across the snow. And I'm sure any early pollinators really appreciate them, too.

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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).

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