Hamamelis mollis Oliv. ex F.B.Forbes & Hemsl.

Chinese Witchhazel

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Hamamelis

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 10 to 15' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Most popular of the Witchhazels. Multi-stemmed, large shrub or small tree. Alternate, simple leaves, roundish, dull medium green. Yellow autumn color. Yellow, fragrant, fringe-like flowers in February to March.


Native to China. First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 18: 1742 in 1888.

Introduced by Charles Maries in 1879. RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002 for vegetatively propagated plants only, First Class Certificate 1918.


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