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Yellow-flowering Witch Hazel 'Westerstede'

Hamamelis intermedia 'Westerstede' has light yellow flowers from the end of February to the beginning of March

Yellow-flowering Witch Hazel 'Westerstede'
 
 
 

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Product information "Yellow-flowering Witch Hazel 'Westerstede'"

When most plants are still in hibernation, the witch hazels are blooming, among them the latest variety is the yellow-flowering witch hazel 'Westerstede'. It is not until the beginning of March that the nut-like flower buds open and the yellow flowers appear.
 
Inconspicuous buds, stunning flowers

The name "witch hazel" contains something mystical, mysterious and I would say, the name justifies the plant. In the winter, the plant, like many other plants, is inconspicuous. But there are felty, brown and inconspicuous buds on the plant. From such buds it looks as if it is hardy possible for such a beautiful flower to develop, but suddenly the buds turn into beautiful, bright yellow flowers. It may seem like magic that such a stunning flower is hidden in the brown buds. And then comes the time of flowering! The winter has not yet come to an end, but at the beginning of March, the pale yellow flowers of the yellow-flowering witch hazel 'Westerstede' bear witness to the spring. The flowers are filigree and elegant, the yellow threads prance in the fresh winter wind; and they appear reliably in large numbers. The 'Westerstede' variety is one of the latest varieties of witch hazels and in combination with early flowering witch hazels it is possible to prolong the early flowering in the wintery garden.
 
It is best never to prune!

After flowering, the oval leaves appear, however they do not conceal the wonderful wealth of flowers. In autumn, the leaves turn a wonderful, golden yellow to orange colour. Hamamelis intermedia 'Westerstede' grows up to 2.5 m high and 2 m wide; the growth is funnel-shaped and loose. The growth throughout the year is small, which means that pruning can and should be omitted. If necessary, a slight thinning out or minor corrections can be made, but a strong cut should be avoided. The witch hazels do not produce new shoots well on old wood and large wounds heal very slowly, thus weakening the shrub. In addition, the beautiful growth form of the witch hazels is affected by pruning. 
 
Extremely hardy
 
Hamamelis is sensitive to compacted soils and enjoys a layer of mulch at the root area; a loose, nutritious soil is preferred in the sun or partial shade. Since the witch hazels are flat-rooted, one should not hoe under the plant, in order not to damage the roots. Even in the flowering state, witch hazels are absolutely hardy and withstand frosts down to -10°C. The flowers recover immediately in warmer weather. 
 
The ideal location in the garden

As a valuable winter bloomer, the yellow-flowering witch hazel 'Westerstede' should be planted as a solitary plant in combination with evergreen ground coverers. Witch hazels also have an striking effect when planted with early bloomers such as crocuses or in front of a group of shrubs. As mentioned above, the combination with early flowering varieties of witch hazels is also ideal. 
 
Short description of Hamamelis intermedia 'Westerstede'

Growth: Funnel-shaped, loosely branched

Final size: 2.5 m high and 2 m wide

Flowers: Late February, early March, light yellow

Leaves: Green, yellow-orange autumn colouration

Use: As a solitary plant, in groups, containers
 
 
  • Flowering Period March
  • Final height 140cm to 3m
  • Final width 100cm to 2m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use beds/borders, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, acidic, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow
  • Leaf Colour green

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