The bright yellow flowers of the witch hazel make an eye-catching focal point in the winter garden and it is another highly scented plant. Although slow growing it has a very attractive, almost vase-shaped outline, which, given time, should spread to about 4m.
The perfect situation for a Hamamelis is a woodland setting as it does prefer some shade in summer and shelter in winter. It prefers a slightly acidic soil but will cope with some alkaline. I feed mine in summer months with an acidic plant feed to keep it really happy. Keep pruning to a bare minimum, although you might not be able to resist taking a few stems into the house for the wonderfully ‘peppery’ fragrance. Another good variety of Hamamelis is ‘Jelena’ which has more orange flowers, equally deliciously scented.