Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera'
Primavera Witchhazel flowers
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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 16 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Witch Hazel
Nothing breaks the monotony of late winter like the highly fragrant witchhazel; this variety features soft yellow strap-like flowers in tight bunches along the branches with deep purple-red centers and a wide-spreading habit of growth
Primavera Witchhazel is covered in stunning fragrant buttery yellow strap-like flowers with burgundy eyes and deep purple calyces along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated round leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Primavera Witchhazel is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging 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;
Primavera Witchhazel is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Primavera Witchhazel will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 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 leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.