HAMAMELIS x intermedia 'Angelly'
Plant Common Name
Angelly Witchhazel, Showy Witchhazel
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Rather difficult to find in nurseries but absolutely worthwhile to purchase if you happen across a specimen for sale, 'Angelly' boasts large flowers of bold lemon-yellow that really stand out in the late winter landscape. It also offers a compact, vase-shaped habit and a very long-lasting flower display. It was raised by J.H.M. van Heijningen in Breda, The Netherlands and released in 1985. It received a gold medal at the 1987 Flora Nova Show in Boskoop, Holland.
This winter-blooming hybrid shrub is certainly among the most widely celebrated. In the waning days of winter its branches become dotted with fragrant, colorful, spidery flowers. The vase-shaped shrub blends and amplifies the great ornamental characteristics of its two parents, Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese witchhazel (H. japonica).
The Angelly witchhazel has dull dark green leaves that are broadly oval with wavy edges and short tips. The new leaves are gray-green with blushes of maroon-purple. Leaf undersides are lighter in color and are fuzzy. In autumn they turn shades of yellow with a hint of orange (but nothing dramatically ornate). The bark is smooth and gray-brown, but the smaller twigs, from which the flowers arise, are lighter in color. In late winter and early spring, lots of bright citron-yellow flowers appear. These have four long, thin and crinkly petals. They are deliciously fragrant, both sweet and spicy, and may last for a month.
Plant witchhazel 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 flower show. Its growth is considerably slower in drier soils and hot locations. When compared to other witchhazels, 'Angelly' is always slower growing.
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. 'Angelly' has proven to be a better yellow-flowering alternative to 'Arnold Promise' in the American South.