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Autumn Embers Vernal Witchhazel

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Autumn Embers Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis ‘Autumn Embers’)A medium sized shrub highly prized for the winter garden, featuring showy yellow flowers with red bases along the bare branches in late winter; spreading habit of growth and reliable gold fall color; very adaptable plant, flowers are hauntingly fragrant; cultivar of the Vernal Witchhazel chosen for improved fall color.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
9 feet
Average Landscape Width:
13 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Hamamelis
Species:
vernalis
Flower Color:
gold
Flower Period:
from late winter to early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Witch Hazel
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Form:
strap
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Vernal Witchhazel has fragrant gold strap-like flowers with red calyces along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated oval leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Vernal Witchhazel is a dense 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.

Planting & Growing

Vernal Witchhazel will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 13 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

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 or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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