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Plant of the Week: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. 

Winter-blooming witch hazels are one of the joys of a visit to the garden in February.

the-plantThey are in flower throughout the month whenever the weather is not completely frigid—even when it is snowing.

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This witch hazel, Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Orange Beauty,’ is situated near the Perkins Visitor Center and is looking at its best right now. It is covered in coppery-orange flowers which seem to glow when they are illuminated by the afternoon sun.

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the-setting-2The thread-like petals, four to each bloom, curl up during a cold spell but they roll open again as soon as it passes.

close-upThe flowers give off a sweet scent on milder days and this can be enjoyed as you stand close by to admire the majestic views of the Palisades and the rest of the winter landscape.

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