Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida', Wisley 9 January 2020
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’, Wisley, 9 January 2020

Spreading, deciduous shrub with broad leaves similar-looking to hazel, turning a beautiful orange-yellow in autumn, and lemon-yellow spidery, scented flowers in winter.

H x S: 3m x 3m

Aspect and soil: Sun (but not too harsh) or part shade, in neutral to acid, moist but well-drained or well-drained soil. Dislikes chalky soil.

Use: on the edge of woodland or even within a dappled woodland of deciduous trees, as in the Isabella Plantation below.

Care: Remove dead, diseased or crossing branches in early spring, and apply a a 5-10cm mulch of garden compost around the base of the plant. Hamamelis doesn’t like being hard pruned, though some pruning for shape is possible if kept light.

Wildlife: a delight for pollinators in winter

Hazard: —

Hardiness: H5