Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: witch hazel
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 9.00 to 12.00 feet
Spread: 9.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: January to March
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Good Fall
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Erosion, Clay Soil

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic organically rich soils. Some tolerance for clay soils. Promptly remove any suckers that may occur to prevent colonial spread. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis). They are somewhat coarse, loosely-branched, medium to large, deciduous shrubs that typically grow 12-20’ tall. They are particularly noted for their spidery, often fragrant, mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges.

Genus name comes from the Greek words hama meaning at the same time and melon meaning apple or fruit in reference to the occurrence of both fruit and flowers at the same time on this shrub (particularly in the case of fall flowering members of the genus).

‘Pallida’ is noted for its abundant bloom of yellow flowers, quality foliage, pleasant fall colors and attractive form. This is a medium to large, vase-shaped shrub with ascending branching and a spreading habit. It typically grows 9-12’ tall and as wide. Large, frost-proof, pale yellow flowers with good fragrance appear in axillary clusters along the bare branches in the period of January – March. Each flower has four narrow, strap-shaped petals that are crinkled. Broad ovate to obovate, medium green leaves (to 6” long) often turn excellent shades of yellow to yellow-orange in autumn. Synonymous with and sometimes sold as Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Occasional insect galls (small wasps) appear on the foliage. Japanese beetles may chew on the leaves in some areas. Watch for leaf roller and scale. Potential disease problems include leaf spot, powdery mildew and rots.

Garden Uses

Shrub borders, woodland gardens or backgrounds. Screen or tall hedge. Good as a specimen or in groups. Branches may be cut in early January for forcing an indoor bloom.