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Primrose Witchhazel*

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primrose'

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Primrose Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primrose') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Primrose Witchhazel in bloom

Primrose Witchhazel in bloom

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Primrose Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primrose') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Primrose Witchhazel flowers

Primrose Witchhazel flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Witch Hazel


A large, wide-spreading shrub for bringing welcome color and fragrance to the late winter garden when most other plants are still dormant; highly fragrant pastel yellow flowers appear along the bare branches in late winter, reliable fall colors

Ornamental Features

Primrose Witchhazel is covered in stunning fragrant lemon yellow strap-like flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated round leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Primrose Witchhazel is a 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

Primrose Witchhazel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Primrose Witchhazel will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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