Sunburst Witchhazel

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst'

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Sunburst Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst') at Weston Nurseries

Sunburst Witchhazel flowers

Sunburst Witchhazel flowers

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Witch Hazel


An upright, vase shaped selection with ascending branches; brings color and fragrance to the late winter garden; deliciously fragrant lemon yellow flowers appear along the branches in mid to late winter; excellent yellow-orange to yellow fall color

Ornamental Features

Sunburst Witchhazel is clothed in stunning fragrant lemon yellow spider-like flowers along the branches from mid winter to early spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage. The serrated oval leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, yellow and yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunburst Witchhazel is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an indistinguished habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Sunburst Witchhazel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sunburst Witchhazel will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features