Two Toronto witch hazels in love
|"Arnold Promise" witch hazel blooms|
|Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise" |
witch hazel blooms in detail
Such strange looking flowers! The yellow for this cultivar, to me, is very clean and bright and stands out against the reddish sepals. "Arnold Promise" doesn't shed its leaves in the fall so, for some, the look isn't as "clean" as one might desire. (This doesn't bother me at all.) Last year's leaves will drop as the new leaves open up.
|My beloved witch hazel in its spring glory--|
the rest of the garden, not as much
The shrub is about 8' high and 10' wide so you need to give witch hazels room. My specimen gets about 6 hours of direct sun from morning to mid-afternoon and grows in amended soil. It prefers richer soil that's slightly moist but isn't too demanding. Do not, I repeat, do not prune this guy into a meatball, trapezoid or wedge. Zero pest and disease issues (besides the flipping squirrels which nip off a few clusters for reasons only known to their black hearts.)