We are used to seeing Witch Hazels as yellow flowered shrubs. This Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x intermedia Diane is a delightful variation from the norm - and is a particularly striking form of these winter-flowering shrubs.
Hamamelis can be grown in most soils that are slightly acid or neutral. They should be grown in either full sun or light shade. They are a natural 'woodland' plant, can grow to around 4m, and require very little attention by way of pruning.
Witch Hazels are best grown in dappled shade of deciduous woodland setting, where they can put on a good show in the spring sunshine, but at the same time then be shaded from that hot sun by the emerging foliage of the deciduous trees.
They are also suited to planting in full sun, and provide a welcome blaze of colour when planted as a specimen tree or as part of a shrub border.
Hamamelis x intermedia Diane is a particularly showy Witch Hazel with gorgeous Autumn foliage colour.
Most of the Hamamelis have good autumn coloured foliage and Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' is no exception. Foliage normally turns rich autumn colours by way of orange gold and red leaves held for up to two weeks before fall.
Hamamelis 'Diane' has a bushy yet upright habit of growth will reasonably dense foliage canopy, though not a deep shading tree. It is not a 'hungry' shrub, so is suited to underplanting with a wide range of low growing shrubs or perennials for added interest.
It would also look good with an underplanting of one of the low evergreen grasses - such as Carex Evergold - a good contrast for the winter flowers and a complimentary colour for the autumn foliage.
Hamamelis are normally grafted or budded onto a rootstock, though early cuttings are a possibility also - but not at all easy.
Cuttings should be of early growth - in late spring - and kept fully airtight with a clear plastic sleeve over the individual pots or a propagating tray - non heated. If they root - and they are not easy - then do not disturb from the potting container until the following spring, when they can be potted individually and grown for a year before planting out.
When inserting the cuttings, use a rooting powder and water in well with a general fungicide.
Layering - is the best option for the home gardener - either as stems bent down to the ground, or by air layering.
Pests are not common. Can be affected with Honey fungus and the Coral Spot disease seen normally on Maples. The latter shows up on as bright orange spots on affected stems.
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