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judyhart
Oakland Gardens, NY

February 15, 2013
10:02 PM

Post #9420542

I would love to get a pink witch hazel for my garden in zone 7a.

Any suggestions.
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

February 16, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9420819

I dont think I know of a pink flowered one however there are several lovely ones that have yellow / copper tinged petals and red twisted petals too, this mix of colour looks quite pink in sunlight. there are new ones regularly coming into the market too.

If I were you I would do a research either here on Dave's site or on line, looking for stockist / growers as these places will have different types and prob the latest to be produced and they will also have fuller info than I can give you here today. Maybe even a few catalogues too.

My only advice IF you want a display in winter is check out the wonderful different foliage colours these Hamamelis tree's / Shrubs have and try get one that has perfumed flowers as they will be a real treat early spring when the flowers are out (before the foliage) and the smell wafts your way. It has always been advised to plant these close to house /window ect as the garden is sleeping in winter, these flowers (too small mostly to see from a distance) send out their perfume. (not all types have perfumed flowers, that's why I am advising research.

A strong sturdy bush / tree is from the Hemamelis X Intermedia, a cross produced from japonica and mollis mid green leaves turning bright yellow autumn and the flowers look like burnt orange/ red spiders, mostly perfumed, Quite a common one but strong and grows tall if required.
Good luck. WeeNel.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 16, 2013
10:32 AM

Post #9420934

Hi judyhart:

Have you done a PlantFiles search here yet?

There are 72 Hamamelis taxa listed. See here:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=hamamelis&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=genus&images_prefs=both&Search=Search

Other places to peruse pictures include:

http://www.esveld.nl/wetenschappelijk.php?letter=h&group=hamamelis&ppagina=1

I don't know any selections that I'd say are a true pink. I have not met them all, but probably more than my share. Most would fall into the full range of yellows and oranges, fewer fit into the red category, and there are a few that range toward purple/lavender.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2013
11:31 AM

Post #9420993

I did run across one that is truly pink, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber'. There is a second cross called Strawberries and Cream that is pink and creamy yellow listed in this link.

http://blogs.scottarboretum.org/gardenseeds/2011/02/ranking-hamamelis/

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 16, 2013
12:11 PM

Post #9421018

Well...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/273030

I have grown 'Feuerzauber' - Fire Magic as translated from German - and it is yellow/orange/red in my experience. All the photographers contributing to the PlantFiles link post in this forum; they might relate their experiences as well. There will be some color variances due to climatic/soil conditions (like Pacific NW North America), but pink might be a stretch.

Here's a reasonable image of 'Strawberries and Cream' from RareFind:

http://www.rarefindnursery.com/index.cfm/action/productdetail/product_id/5926.htm

I recommend that judyhart observe any selection that seems to be preferred before purchasing, if the precise color is highly important. There are likely Witch Hazel collections to be observed in New York near Oakland Gardens. Places like New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Old Westbury Gardens, and Planting Fields Arboretum would be among my first choices.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9421119

Well...RATS...I would have expected Scott Arboretum to have color true images...as Miss Emily Litella would say...Never mind. sigh

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 16, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9421126

Hope springs eternal!

Did anyone peruse the four pages of images from Esveld Nursery? There are a few that might approximate the desired color - at least in Holland.

Chris Lane's book Witch Hazel is full of good images, but for those that will see. I used to know a few more websites with lots of great images, but can't seem to dredge them up.

moon?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9421139

I must say that both H x intermedia "Antoine Kort" and "Birgit" both have nice color...to my eye, they are both more pink than red or coral orange (from the Esveld site) I will continue to see what turns up as I ramble through sites.

I found these images from RHS Wisley garden (scroll past the viburnum...grin)

http://www.naturallycreativegardens.com/tag/hamamelis/#

and also this listing of Hamameliadacaea images from RHS

http://www.rhs.org.uk/search?cx=partner-pub-6402928726328738:mpzwff-w8oa&cof=FORID:9&ie=UTF-8&q=hamameliadace&sa=SEARCH

these are from Flickr...not all have complete names, though.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/versicolor/sets/72157613625886480/detail/

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
4:44 PM

Post #9423566

Ok, guys, I am not an expert, but aren't Lorapetalums a witch Hazel stock?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 19, 2013
6:15 AM

Post #9424056

Loropetalum is a genus in the same Family Hamamelidaceae as Hamamelis but they are not the same plant/stock. More like cousins...

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2013
6:20 AM

Post #9424065

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