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HAMAMELIS 'Brevipetala'

Image of Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Hamamelidaceae

Botanical Name

HAMAMELIS 'Brevipetala'

Plant Common Name

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General Description

Yellow fall foliage followed by a golden flower display in early to midwinter are key ornamental features of the hybrid known as 'Brevipetala'. First upright in form and then when older a rounded larger shrub or miniaturized tree, this selection of witchhazel originated at the Chenault Nursery in Orleans, France in 1935. Its parents are the vernal and Chinese witchhazels.

The leaves emerge with a yellowish green hue in spring and mature to medium green. Orb-like in shape, the undersides are slightly grayed. Upon this shrub's bare branches in early to midwinter are tufts of straight, slightly crinkled yellow-orange/gold petals like look like tiny, short ribbons. The petal cup base (calyx) has touches of rusty red-purple. The intense spicy fragrance is magnificent, cutting into the bitter chill of winter.

Brevipetala witchhazel is best grown in a soil with good drainage. It can adapt to acidic, and mildly alkaline soils that are moist and deep, with ample organic compositions. Plant one to soften the corner of a house, to bring late winter excitement to any garden border, or plant in a small grove near a public patio or walkway so the fragrance will be obvious and create smiles.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Winter, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Color

    Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No