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HAMAMELIS x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'

Image of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'

Mark A. Miller



Botanical Name

HAMAMELIS x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'

Plant Common Name

Barmstedt Gold Witchhazel, Showy Witchhazel

Special Notice

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General Description

Experienced horticulturists attest that the Barmstedt Gold witchhazel is one of the very best cultivars extant. When in glorious bloom, the golden orange-yellow display is noticeable from a considerable distance! It also offers vigorous growth, a pleasant rounded vase-shaped habit and fine fall color. It was selected and raised by Heinrich Bruns from Westerstede, Germany and later named and introduced by J. Hachmann in 1975. Hachmann lived in Barmstedt, Germany.

This mid- to late winter blooming hybrid shrub is certainly among the most widely celebrated in the temperate world. In the waning days of winter its branches become dotted with fragrant, colorful, spidery flowers. The bushy shrub blends and amplifies the great ornamental characteristics of its two parents, Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese witchhazel (H. japonica).

Witchhazel has dull dark green leaves that are broadly oval with wavy edges and short tips. The new leaves are glossier on top and paler and slightly fuzzy beneath. In autumn those on 'Barmstedt Gold' turn shades of yellow. The bark is smooth and gray-brown, but the smaller twigs, from which the flowers arise, are lighter in color. The flowers are gold to orange-yellow. These have four long, thin and crinkly petals that are yellow-orange with reddish bases. They are moderately 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.

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.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-11' / 3.0m - 3.4m

  • Width

    10'-11' / 3.0m - 3.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances


  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Orange, Gold

  • Flower Color Modifier


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture


  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing