Vernal Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Carnea'

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

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

Regional

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

Clermont, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.