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Hamamelis japonica (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Hamamelis japonica (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 2B, 3-7, 15-17, 31-34, 39
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Hamamelis japonica

Japanese Witch Hazel
Hamamelidaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

HAMAMELIS

Medium-size to large shrubs, sometimes treelike, usually with spreading habit and angular or zigzag branches. Valued for bright fall foliage and nodding clusters of interesting yellow to red blooms that typically appear in winter. Flowers consist of many narrow, crumpled petals and are said to resemble shredded coconut, mop heads, or spiders.

Hamamelis japonica

From Japan. Much like Hamamelis x intermedia, though perhaps somewhat more erect and treelike (12–20 ft. tall and broad). Small, lightly scented yellow flowers appear in late winter or earliest spring. The chief draw is fall foliage in shades of red, purple, and yellow.

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