Look no further if you want rich coppery orange on a winter-flowering Witch Hazel. I doubt they will ever come better than those displayed on Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'.
In keeping with the orange theme, the autumn foliage on this deciduous shrub is quite stunning mixture of rich orange gold and red.
Hamamelis 'Jelena' is one of the better scented witch Hazels, being at its peak as the flowers grow into maturity, and always best before noon, or just before dusk.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' shares all the growth habits of the other Witch hazel, with slow upright and spreading habit to about 12 feet, but over as many as 15-20 years.
More or less any garden soil will suit - other than very alkaline lime soils. It will be helped with a generous helping of rich organic mulch each autumn and repay you with a dazzling show of bright flower in the late winter through to early spring - in all flowering for 6 - 8 weeks.
Grow it in a large patio tub, or a shrub border, or a semis woodland setting. It really is that versatile. A large lawn will make an attractive surround if it is planted as a specimen shrub in lawn bed, and under planted with spring bulbs or winter flowering heathers.
Hamamelis 'Jelena' will give years of trouble-free interest. No need to prune it. No bugs to report. It shares all the good attributes of the x intermedia group of Witch Hazels, and there is little to fault it. An ideal garden shrub for winter and autumn interest. Summer sees it clad in large ovate leaves which are not overly shading.
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