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Diane Witch Hazel
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After months of harsh winter weather, numb fingers and toes, and endless gray days, we finally begin to see signs of hope and renewal, and it feels exhilarating. The snowdrops come up, the birds sing their hearts out, and the Witch Hazels open their fascinating flowers. When the days begin to grow mild, Diane Witch Hazel sports clusters of blooms with petals like thin ribbons that start out a rich red, eventually fading to copper-orange. They give off a light, spicy-sweet scent. Plant Diane near a doorway or gate that you pass by regularly, so you won’t miss a minute of the show. A light-colored background will help to make the flowers pop.
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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Although Witch Hazel sounds like a Harry Potter character, the name has nothing to do with sorcery. Witch is believed to have evolved from the Old English word wych, which means “pliable,” in reference to the plant’s flexible branches. It’s called Hazel because its leaves resemble the Hazelnut, though the two are unrelated. Diane is a hybrid selection that is the offspring of two Asian species, the Japanese Witch Hazel and the Chinese Witch Hazel. It was raised in Belgium by a renowned gardening couple, Robert and Jelena De Belder, and named after their daughter in 1969. Although many newer Witch Hazels have since become available, Diane is still considered the best red and is truly one of the best selections overall.
If you think Diane Witch Hazel is a joy in late winter, just wait until autumn. That’s when she’ll put on her stunning fall foliage extravaganza. You’ll be treated to a brilliant display of red, orange, yellow, and purple—perhaps the finest coloring of all the Witch Hazels.
How to Grow
Plant your Diane Witch Hazel where it will receive sun for most of the day or light shade all day. It will grow in deep shade, but growth will be less compact there and flowering will be sparse. For lush, healthy foliage, provide rich, loamy, organic soil that drains well and irrigate regularly. A generous layer of shredded bark or wood chip mulch will help to hold in moisture. Diane Witch Hazel is usually grown as a shrub, but we have grafted it onto a related tree called a Parrotia to give it a single trunk. Remove any branches coming from the Parrotia as soon as you spot them (look carefully—they are very similar!).
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Size A Trees:
4-5' tall specimen grafted high on a standard grown as a tree form in our #8 tree container. Well branched and good branching. A great value.
Size B Trees:
5-6' Tall. Specimen a year older than the size A version. Grown in our #15 tree container for an immediate landscape impact. Grafted on a Parrotia standard for great park interest.
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