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PlantFiles: Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'

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


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lssa48 On Mar 18, 2010, lssa48 from Belle Mead, NJ wrote:

Is Barmstedt Gold susceptible to leaf blight?
I'm also considering Arnold's Promise, which I've heard is
possibly susceptible to leaf blight.

Which variety would be more disease resistant?


Positive ViburnumValley On Mar 10, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Barmstedt Gold' witch hazel is at the forefront of fine winter-blooming shrubs available today. From the extremely heavy bloom quantity to the long length of individual petals on each flower, you'd have a hard time putting any more color on a witch hazel in winter.

Add to that the fabulously spicy bouquet of fragrance that wafts from this wonder, and you have a dandy plant to brighten the worst of winter doldrums.

This is not a hard shrub to grow. The plants I've photographed and will be posting here include a wide-open lawn spot at a subdivision intersection and a shaded roadside poor soil uncared-for location in a local park. Both are performing fine, albeit the open sunny spot plant is doing better.

Add this one to your repertoire; you won't regret it.

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

Received The Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1997, reconfirmed in 2005.


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

Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Morrisville, Pennsylvania

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