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Witch Hazel 'Diane'

Hamamelis x intermedia

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Hamamelis (ham-uh-MEE-lis) (Info)
Species: x intermedia (in-ter-MEE-dee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Diane
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter



Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Grand Junction, Colorado

Lombard, Illinois

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Boone, North Carolina

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Concrete, Washington

Edison, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A beautiful shrub.

The flowers are lovely in informal arrangements. I find that their color doesn't stand out in the landscape nearly as strongly as the yellow cultivars. It shows up best when seen close up and backlit by the low winter sun.

Most plants are grafted on H. virginiana understock and need root suckers cut off annually to keep them from outcompeting the cultivar. (H. virginiana root suckers retain dead leaves into winter, the cultivar does not.)

As with all witch hazels, unskilled pruning reduces flowering and destroys its graceful natural architecture. Plant this where its ultimate size and width will be assets. This wants to be wider than high.


On Feb 11, 2014, jackstangle from La Conner, WA wrote:

Is this deerproof?


On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Hamamelis x intermedia Diane is extremely rare and prized for its wonderful fragrance, hardiness, and uniquely colored winter-blooming flowers. This hybrid Witch Hazel is a jewel in the landscape. The coppery-red flowers are unrivaled among Witch Hazels for color intensity. They appear in late winter and early spring, before the leaves, and are produced so abundantly that you will want to cut some of the flowering branches for gorgeous indoor arrangements.

In autumn, the foliage turns warm shades of yellow and red. Ultimately growing to 14 to 20 feet tall with an equal spread, Diane needs only moist, well-drained, organic soil in sun or light shade. Zones 5-8.


On Sep 25, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received The Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1993, reconfirmed in 2005.


On Nov 22, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Diane' was raised at Kalmthout Arboretum by Robert and jelena de Belder. It was named after their daughter Diane. It is considered the best of the red-flowered witch hazels. the flowers are relatively large and a glowing reddish-orange.