Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ is one of the last of the winter-flowering witch hazels to bloom at Wave Hill. In fact, in most years it justifies the cultivar name—primavera is the word for spring in several languages.
In common with all witch hazels, each flower is formed of four, long and narrow petals which, in this case, are primrose-yellow and emerge from a glossy, dark-red calyx (the scales of the flower bud).
Located close to the front door of Wave Hill House, it will be hard to miss this week, especially on a sunny day when its sweet scent wafts in the air.