HAMAMELIS vernalis 'Sandra'
Plant Common Name
Ozark Witchhazel, Vernal Witchhazel
Selected for its exceptional fall color, 'Sandra' is a cultivar of vernal witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis), a medium to large deciduous shrub from the south-central United States. Like others of its species, it bears spicy-scented flowers in winter or early spring.
The oval, scallop-edged, medium- to dark-green leaves of this upright, rounded shrub are borne alternately along gray-barked branches. The leaves turn various shades of purple, orange, and yellow in fall. Small flowers with four narrow, ribbon-like, yellow petals cluster along the naked branches for several weeks in winter or early spring, debuting as early as Christmas. The flowers give rise to woody capsules that eject their seeds by opening explosively at the tip. Plants often sucker, producing new stems from beneath the ground that in time can form a small thicket.
This cold-hardy shrub thrives in full to partial sun and moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil. It will tolerate drought and sandy or clay soil. Plant one as a garden accent, or several in a naturalistic grouping or informal hedge. The flowers look best if back-lit by the sun.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m
Early Spring, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter
South-Central United States
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Sharp or Has Thorns