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Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Savill Starlight’ (Witch Hazel)

Witch Hazel 'Savill Starlight'

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Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Savill Starlight', Witch Hazel 'Savill Starlight', Hamamelis mollis 'Savill Starlight', Yellow Hamamelis, Yellow Witch Hazel

Perfect for small gardens, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Savill Starlight’ (Witch Hazel) is a compact, spreading deciduous shrub with pale sulfur-yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. Each flower consists of 4 ribbon-like, slightly curled and crimped, strap-shaped petals and a browny-red calyx. 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. The ascending branches are clothed with broadly elliptic, sage-green leaves, which turn attractive shades of yellow in fall.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 5-7 ft. wide (150-210 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. Best flowering in full sun. Consistent moisture is best.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic winter blooms. Great flowering shrub for cottage gardens, woodland gardens, or as a screen and hedge. Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • Keep an eye out for coral spot, phytophthora root rot and honey fungus.
  • Deer: Witch hazel is generally considered to be deer-resistant due to its bitter taste and strong scent. However, it is important to note that deer browsing habits can vary depending on factors such as the time of year, availability of other food sources, and the specific population of deer in the area.
  • Promptly remove any suckers to prevent spread.
  • No regular pruning is required. Simply remove any dead, damaged, or weak shoots. Prune in spring after flowering if you need to control shape and size.
  • Propagate by simple layering of suitable shoots in spring, by grafting in late winter or by chip budding in late summer.
  • Hamamelis x intermedia is a hybrid of garden origin between Hamamelis japonica and Hamamelis mollis.

Witch Hazel: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Grow Witch Hazel with ease and enjoy the beauty of its spidery blooms in late winter to early spring.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hamamelidaceae
Genus Hamamelis
Common names Witch Hazel
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spacing 60" - 84"
(150cm - 210cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Gingerbread’ (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’ (Ozark Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Feuerzauber’ (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Sunburst’ (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis mollis ‘Jermyns Gold’ (Chinese Witch Hazel)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hamamelidaceae
Genus Hamamelis
Common names Witch Hazel
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 5' - 7'
(150cm - 210cm)
Spacing 60" - 84"
(150cm - 210cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Do I Need?
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