Hamamelis × intermedia, also known as the hybrid witch hazel, is a popular ornamental shrub in gardens due to its unique and attractive flowering habit. It is a cross between two species of witch hazel: Hamamelis japonica and Hamamelis mollis.
One of the key features that makes Hamamelis × intermedia a great addition to gardens is its ability to flower in the winter. It typically produces fragrant, yellow to orange-red flowers that bloom from late fall to early winter, when very few other plants are in bloom. This provides a much-needed burst of color and interest in the garden during the drab winter months.
In addition to its winter flowering, Hamamelis × intermedia is also prized for its attractive foliage, which can range from bright yellow to orange to red in the fall. The shrub grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet and a width of 4 to 6 feet, making it a medium-sized shrub that fits well into many garden landscapes.
Another advantage of Hamamelis × intermedia is that it is relatively low maintenance and easy to grow. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, and thrives in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It is also adaptable to a range of soils, from acid to alkaline, and is not particular about soil moisture.
Overall, Hamamelis × intermedia is a fantastic choice for gardeners looking to add some winter interest to their landscapes. Its unique and attractive flowers, combined with its low maintenance requirements, make it a great option for gardeners of all levels of experience.