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HAMAMELIS x intermedia 'Advent'

Image of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Advent'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Hamamelidaceae

Botanical Name

HAMAMELIS x intermedia 'Advent'

Plant Common Name

Advent Witchhazel, Showy Witchhazel

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General Description

While the faintly scented yellow flower display isn't exactly the grandest of all witchhazel cultivars, 'Advent' reliably blooms around Christmastime in the northern hemisphere, the reason for its name. In the last days of autumn the branches of this moderately growing cultivar become lined with fragrant, colorful, spidery flowers that brighten the landscape when most other plants are dormant. This spreading vase-shaped shrub amplifies the great ornamental characteristics of its two parents, Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese witchhazel (H. japonica). Selection 'Advent' was raised at the Hillier Nurseries in Winchester, England and released in 1979.

Witchhazel has dull dark green leaves that are broadly oval with wavy edges and short tips. The new leaves are yellowish green, glossier on top and paler and slightly fuzzy beneath. In autumn they turn yellow on 'Advent'. The bark is smooth and gray-brown, but the smaller twigs, from which the flowers arise, are lighter in color.

Plant ‘Advent’ in full to partial sun and organic-rich, acid or neutral soil with even moisture and good drainage. Simply put: the more sun, the grander the flowering circus. Its growth will be considerably slower in drier soils and hot locations.

This shrub is a wonderful specimen plant for open landscapes, foundations, mixed borders or public landscapes – from parks and campuses to commercial courtyard and entrance gardens. It looks especially lovely when low groundcovers and early spring bulbs blanket the soil under the branches.

Most cultivars, including 'Advent', are grafted onto the rootstocks of hardier and more vigorous American witchhazels (H. vernalis or H. virginiana). So, suckering stems that arise from below the graft union should be pruned off.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    9'-10' / 2.7m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No