Hamamelis - A Larch Cottage Favourite


Shining bright in the depths of Winter 

Ranked among the best of all winter flowering shrubs Hamamelis or Witch Hazel as they are commonly known have a place in the hearts of many a gardener.

Their distinctive flowers sitting on bare branches light up the garden in the very depths of winter as they shrug off snow and several degrees of frost.

Easy to grow, the hamamelis has a spicy fragrance and spider like flowers, in hues ranging from sulphur yellow to burnt orange to a deep red. Similar to Forsythia, the flowers appear well before the leaves which turn in autumn to display good rich colours.

Traditionally Hamamelis have been planted in woodland gardens with dappled shade however they do grow quite happily in the open where flowering is more profuse. Known as acid loving plants they will grow on an alkaline soil as long as it is fertile and deep, preferring a well-drained humus rich soil, They are happy in either full sun or partial shade and are hardy, with frost resistant flowers.

If you have a shallow chalk soil don’t despair – Hamamelis can be grown in tubs and large pots although their growth will be slower putting on only about 4 to 6 inches a year. Grown as a large shrub they can get to 13-16ft in height  and 8ft to 16ft in spread.

Planting time – Autumn to winter.

Pruning is simple – just remove any damaged wood.

To see the list of Hamamelis we currently have available click here


Witch hazel astringent is made from the bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana, the common or North American witch-hazel shrub. Native Americans have long recognized the medicinal properties of witch hazel and used a decoction of the boiled plant parts to treat skin irritations and tumors.

Hamamelis SunburstHamamelis Jap RobinHamamelis Orange Peel
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