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PlantFiles: Vernal Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Carnea'

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Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Hamamelis (ham-uh-MEE-lis) (Info)
Species: vernalis (ver-NAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Carnea

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Mar 16, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Carnea' vernal witch hazel is a rather unique shrub. Most vernal witch hazels are orangey yellow flowered plants, and provide the usual wonderful fragrance in the late winter landscape. 'Carnea' is lavendar-purplish-red in color, not at all like the normal range for this species.

This is not an easy plant to photograph, though I've got a few pictures to submit that show this in flower. I know of very few places to purchase it, but it is worth trying for the unmatched color in mid to late winter.

Regional...

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

Clermont, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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