This weeks Wild Pick is the gorgeous Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena, or more commonly know as Witch Hazel.
The rich coppery-orange blooms of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ warm up the January landscape like a ray of unexpected sunshine, making it a welcome sight in the nursery this week. And we are not the only ones who appreciate the seemingly out of season flowers! Our resident Anna’s hummingbird has been spotted daily enjoying a sip of nectar.
Hamamelis – also known as witch hazel – have a powerful sweet fragrance which is most noticeable on a sunny day.Because they are a winter flowering plant, The blooms of ‘Jelena’ are best enjoyed where it can be viewed from inside or against a backdrop of evergreens (especially ones with a blue-ish tint). Witch hazel are a slow growing, vase shaped large shrub (or small tree) and once established, are fairly low maintenance – just a bit of supplemental water during the drier summer months is required. ‘Jelena’ witch hazel can also be used as a specimen plant in a larger container.