Although this year has been the winter that will not end, there are some shrubs that are pushing the blooms even in this cold weather. This weeks shrub of the week is…
Witch Hazel, also known as “HAMAMELIS intermedia ‘Arnold Promise.'” Witch Hazel is one of the early risers. It will bloom in late February to early March in a mild winter. The flowers are fragrant and showy since it’s usually been a while since we’ve seen flowers outside. Witch Hazel is also very showy in the fall as well, with foliage colors from yellows to oranges to reds.
It is a zone 5 plant which means it would require some cover from a north wind and lots of sun.
Arnold Promise grows 15’-20’ high with a spread 10’-15’. There are other varieties that are slightly smaller.