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Hamamelis mollis 'Goldcrest' (Chinese Witch Hazel)

Witch Hazel 'Goldcrest', Chinese Witch Hazel 'Goldcrest'


Hamamelis mollis 'Goldcrest' (Witch Hazel) is a medium to large deciduous shrub with sweetly fragrant, golden yellow flowers in mid to late winter. Each flower consists of 4 golden ribbon-like, crinkled, strap-shaped petals, delicately tinged with claret-red at their bases. Clustered along the leafless branches, the flowers unfurl their spidery petals on mild days. But on cold days, they curl up again and nearly close up to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.

This upright cultivar features a rounded shape and sports broadly oval green leaves, downy underneath, which warm up to attractive shades of yellow and orange in fall.

  • This shrub has a spreading habit and grows up to 10-15 ft. tall and wide (300-450 cm)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers organically rich, moist, acidic soils. Some tolerance for clay soils. Best flowering in full sun.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic winter blooms. Great flowering shrub for woodland gardens or as screen and hedge. Perfect as specimen plant.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest free. Watch for Coral spot and honey fungus
  • Promptly remove any suckers to prevent spread.
  • Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size.
  • Propagate by grafting

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hamamelis - Witch Hazels
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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© Martin Ogden and www.teddingtongardener.com

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hamamelis - Witch Hazels
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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