Vernal Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Red Imp'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Hamamelis (ham-uh-MEE-lis) (Info)
Species: vernalis (ver-NAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Imp
Hybridized by Dummer
Registered or introduced: 1966

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Burgundy

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 9, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Red Imp' vernal witch hazel has been a steady performer here in KY. It flowers prolifically every late winter and early spring, and for a lengthy period (4 weeks at least).

The flowers are small, and the red combined with yellow on the petals gives an overall orangish brown effect from a distance. The fragrance is the notable feature - one should always have a vernal witch hazel around for the scent to remind one that spring is nigh.