• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Hamamelis mollis

Chinese witch hazel

Chinese witch hazel

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  • Other common names Chinese witch hazel

  • Synonyms Hamamelis mollis var. oblongifolia

  • Genus Hamamelis are deciduous shrubs with broadly ovate or rounded leaves, sometimes colouring well in autumn, and fragrant yellow to red flowers with 4 narrow petals, borne on the leafless branches in late winter and early spring, or in autumn

  • Family Hamamelidaceae / Hamamelidaceae

  • Species H. mollis is a large deciduous shrub with broad, oval leaves turning yellow in winter, and strongly fragrant, bright golden-yellow flowers in late winter

  • Plant range China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in an open but unexposed site. Will tolerate deep, humus-rich soils over chalk

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers as soon as ripe or grafting in late winter. Budding can be carried out in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Coral spot may be a problem

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