Blooming in February: Hybrid Witch-hazels

In Pennsylvania our indigenous witch-hazel is Hamamelis virginiana. It blooms in the fall. You’ll find it in wild settings and formal landscapes.

Some excellent hybrid witch-hazels (Hamamelis intermedia) that thrive in Pennsylvania are available in the ornamental plant market, and they flower in February. Not many plants choose to bloom in February on the East Coast. Today I took a walk around campus to photograph two of them.

A hybrid witch-hazel with yellow flowers.

A hybrid witch-hazel with orange flowers.

The flowers look like spiders; their petals are narrow and strap-like.

In addition to flowering in February, hybrid witch-hazels also develop exceptional fall foliage color.

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