Common Name: Chinese witch hazel
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Flowering period: December to February
The Chinese witch hazels are reliable and colourful winter flowering shrubs, very robust and hardy, thriving in sun or shade but preferring some shelter from strong cold winds during the flowering season. The blooms, spidery and arising directly from the shoots and branches, are sweetly fragrant and conspicuous. The basic species is a good choice for larger gardens, while varieties often have more colourful flowers. Varieties are usually grafted on H. virginiana and should be planted with the graft union above the soil level. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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