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In Bloom

December 21, 2013

Hamamelis mollis

Plant name: Hamamelis mollis

Location: Entryway along the boardwalk

Plant notes: Is there a better way to banish the January blues than with fragrant, cheerful flowers? We don’t think so. Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) is fabulous in January and February as its yellow filamentous flowers open and release their perfume into the Garden. The flowers’ pollen is a valuable food source for hummingbirds during the lean winter months. This remarkably tolerant shrub has few insect and disease problems and achieves a graceful form when shaped with skillful pruning.