Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'
Description: A large, vase-shaped, deciduous shrub producing elegant, spidery, orange-red flowers in mid- to late winter on bare stems. When little else is in flower this valuable shrub will lift the spirits on a cold winters day both visually and when the scent hits the nose. The curious flowers can withstand harsh frosts with no damage at all. Round bright green leaves turn yellow orange in autumn.
Uses: They are versatile plants in the garden providing height at the back of borders, great for winter gardens and can be used in woodland plantings.
Climate / Position: Full sun to partial shade in an open but not exposed position.
Height / Spread: 2 x 3 metres
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.
Additional Interest: Hamamelis comes from the Greek for a plant with pear-shaped fruit.