Posted On: November 9, 2017

Additions to our Witch-Hazel Collection

Our garden team added an additional 19 varieties of witch-hazel to our signature perennial collection throughout the Park!  Madison Square Park Conservancy has designed a collection of over fifty varieties of witch-hazel which will all be planted by the end of 2018.

Ozark Witch-Hazel

Five varieties of the Ozark witch-hazel or Hamamelis vernalis have been added to our collection this fall.  The Ozark witch-hazel is native to North America and has a similar range to the common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). The Ozark witch-hazel typically blooms from January-April and has flowers that are smaller than other varieties of witch-hazels. Cultivars of these witch hazels often have orange flowers and can often be fragrant.

The new varieties of Ozark witch-hazel planted in Mad. Sq. Park include:

Hamamelis vernalis ‘Red Imp’

Hamamelis vernalis ‘Spring Harvest’

Hamamelis vernalis ‘Harvest Gold’

Hamamelis vernalis ‘Dishi’

Hamamelis vernalis ‘Cherokee’

Chinese Witch-Hazel

Two varieties of the Chinese witch-hazel, Hamamelis mollis, were also planted this fall. The Chinese witch-hazel is widely cultivated worldwide and is prized for having the most fragrant flowers of all of the witch-hazels. This species is one of the parents of the xintermedia crosses between the Chinese witch hazel and the Japanese witch hazel. These flowers usually will bloom from January – March.

The new varieties of Chinese witch-hazel planted in Mad. Sq. Park include:

Hamamelis mollis ‘James Wells’

Hamamelis mollis ‘Fred Chittenden’

Hybrid Witch-Hazel
The hybrid witch-hazels, Hamamelis xintermedia are the witch-hazels most commonly cultivated in gardens. These varieties are the result of man made crosses between the Chinese and Japanese witch-hazels. Parents are often chosen for specific characteristics such as fragrance, flower color, and length of petals. These shrubs are bloom in the winter and can vary in color and fragrance. Nine new hybrid witch-hazels were planted in the Park this fall.

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘John’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Zitronenjette’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Chris

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Glowing Embers’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Anne’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Brandis’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Cyrille’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Chantal’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Frederick’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Amanon’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Arnhem’

Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Rochester’