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PlantFiles: Chinese Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Hamamelis (ham-uh-MEE-lis) (Info)
Species: x intermedia (in-ter-MEE-dee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Pallida
Hybridized by Wisley, UK; Year of Registration or Introduction: circa 1932

Synonym:Hamamelis mollis

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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:

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
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Gardeners' Notes:

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

Valued most for its beautiful structure and its lemon-yellow flowers in winter. This is a graceful, broad-spreading understory tree, slow-growing but ultimately reaching 20' or more high and wide.

Among witch hazels, this is one of the more reliable/heavy bloomers. It comes into flower weeks earlier than 'Arnold Promise.'

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.

Prefers moist, well-drained acid soils in full sun to partial shade.

Neutral Careywood360 On Feb 22, 2013, Careywood360 from Careywood, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

For those looking for a source for this shrub, I found it at the Whitman Farms Nursery website. Here's the link: mollis pallida&submit=S...

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.

Positive Todd_Boland On Nov 23, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Large, pale yellow, scented flowers make this one of the best H. mollis cultivars. Some authorities suggest it might in fact be a H. X intermedia cultivar. Fall colour is a clear, bright yellow.


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

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Seattle, Washington

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