“Diane” witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches. (Richie Steffen)

“Diane” witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane,’ Diane witch hazel

“Diane” witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches.

What: Witch hazels are renowned for producing flowers just when we need them most: winter. Hamamelis x intermedia “Diane” produces incredible dark copper-red flowers in mid- and late winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches. In autumn, the foliage turns from medium green to bright yellow and scarlet.

Where: Witch hazels thrive in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay if drainage is adequate. Provide a location with full sun to light or open shade.

Size: “Diane” witch hazel will grow to be 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide when mature.

Care: Regular water during dry weather will encourage the best flowering, but well-established plants can tolerate occasional watering. Minimal pruning is needed to maintain its graceful vase-like form. Beginner pruners should consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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