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PlantFiles: Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

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

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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

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

A beautiful shrub grown for its elegant structure and its fragrant winter flowering.

Of all the red-to-orange witch hazels grown in the Arnold Arboretum, this is the showiest. Best when seen close-up or backlit by the low winter sun. It doesn't stand out in the landscape as strongly as the yellows, but it's showier than the reds like 'Diane'.

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. It wants to grow wider than high. I would not space these closer than 12'.

Positive RainDaisy On Sep 29, 2013, RainDaisy from Pickering, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

We now have at least 7 varieties of witch hazel growing on our property, and Jelena is my favourite so far. Striking fall colours in the leaves, and so many gorgeous little blooms from mid-January that hang on through the snow and cold for nearly two months! Jelena was the first hybrid to flower for us, the Orange Beauty and Arnold's Promise started blooming two to three weeks later. What a joy to have flowers growing in winter! I couldn't wait for a big snowstorm, because it made the flowers look even more beautiful and precious. Subtle but very nice scent, also.

Update: April 2014 - After this historically harsh and bitterly cold winter, with an ice storm that knocked power out for days, most of the witch hazels had lost nearly all their flower buds. Arnold's Promise, Orange Beauty, and Magic Fire were duds this year. Diane (planted last fall) did better, but Jelena, even though flowering was delayed until April, is spectacular and covered in blooms!

Neutral RosemaryK On Feb 12, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Named for Jelena de Belder of Belgium. This cultivar is favored in many of the sources for its upright spreading form and the beauty of the copper blossoms in winter.

Neutral mystic 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.


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

San Anselmo, California
Park Ridge, Illinois
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Swampscott, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Pittsford, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Anacortes, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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