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Diane Witchhazel

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A large, spreading shrub that brings color and fragrance to the late winter garden when most other plants are still dormant with its delightfully fragrant reddish-brown flowers which appear along the branches in late winter, excellent blend of fall colors

Characteristics

Species:
x intermedia
Other Species Names:
Witch Hazel
Average Landscape Height:
15 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Hamamelis
Cultivar:
Diane
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
indian red
Flower Form:
strap
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from late winter to early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
orange
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Diane Witchhazel is blanketed in stunning fragrant antique red strap-like flowers with burgundy calyces along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage. The serrated round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Diane 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.

Planting & Growing

Diane Witchhazel will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 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.

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