Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'
Description: A red flowered form of Hamamelis with superb rich coppery red flower petals in late winter. The flowers though very fine and delicate looking make a real show at the time of year when little else is in flower and are shown off best in a sunny winter boder. As with other Witch Hazels thery are also sweetly scented. In autumn the hazel like green leaves turn rich colours of red and provide a different season of interest.
Uses: They are versatile plants in the garden providing height at the back of borders, great for winter gardens where a mix of stems and evergreens provide winter interest, and can be used in woodland plantings.
Climate / Position: Full sun to partial shade in an open but not exposed position.
Height / Spread: 3m in 10 years.
Soil Requirements: Likes a moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil. Can also tolerate deep humus rich soil over chalk whereas many Hamamelis are less tolerant of lime.
Pruning: Remove wayward or crossing branches after flowering to maintain a healthy framework.
Special Requirements: A good mulch in spring is appreciated and rewarded with strong healthy growth.
Additional Interest: Hamamelis intermedia is H. japonica × mollis. Hamamelis comes from the Greek for a plant with pear-shaped fruit.