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Pallida Witchhazel Tree

Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

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Pallida Witchhazel Tree (Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida') at North Branch Nursery

Pallida Witchhazel Tree in bloom

Pallida Witchhazel Tree in bloom

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Pallida Witchhazel Tree (Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida') at North Branch Nursery

Pallida Witchhazel Tree flowers

Pallida Witchhazel Tree flowers

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Pallida Witchhazel Tree (Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida') at North Branch Nursery

Pallida Witchhazel

Pallida Witchhazel

(Photo courtesy of North Branch Nursery)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Witch Hazel

Description:

A large, spreading shrub which brings color and fragrance to the late winter garden when most other plants are still dormant; fragrant light yellow flowers with purple centers along the bare branches, good fall color, a great plant for winter effect

Ornamental Features

Pallida Witchhazel Tree features showy fragrant buttery yellow strap-like flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pallida Witchhazel Tree is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Pallida Witchhazel Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pallida Witchhazel Tree will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Special Notes

Available in tree form.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features