Witch Hazel 'Arnold Promise'

Hamamelis x intermedia

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



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


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Bright Yellow

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:

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


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


Vincent, Alabama

Little Rock, Arkansas

Decatur, Georgia

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Acton, Massachusetts

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Spencer, Massachusetts

Clarkston, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Horton, Michigan

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Roslyn, New York

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Corvallis, Oregon

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Farmington, Utah

East Port Orchard, Washington

Edison, Washington

Seattle, Washington

South Prairie, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 14, 2014, Sequoiadendron4 from Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beautiful yellow flowers beginning in mid February in warm years and mid March in cold years. Blooms last about a month or so. One of the best smelling blooms in our yard. I love the smell and frequently put my nose up to the flowers to take a whiff. Grows at a moderate pace and I'm expecting this shrub to become quite large. Leaves turn a magnificent yellow in the fall. Our specimen gets sun until mid afternoon and it seems happy.


On Feb 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A consistently good bloomer, and the latest of the witch hazels to bloom. It starts to bloom in late winter, though when exactly varies considerably from year to year, and it stays in bloom for a little over a month.

Large fragrant flowers, a clear bright lemon yellow. Blooms best in full sun, but partial shade is good, too. Fall color is best in full sun.

This is a small tree rather than a shrub, usually reaching 15-20'. It has a beautiful natural vase shape and herringbone branching pattern that are easily destroyed by pruning. Heavily pruned plants do not flower well. It's best placed where its natural form and size will be assets.

Though cuttings root easily, this tree is usually only available grafted onto H. virginiana roots. Own-root plan... read more


On Mar 4, 2013, Gewissjohn from Hillsboro, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Seemed slow to establish; profuse suckering but no disease issues. Takes drought once established. Nice fall color but spring blooms adversely affected by late season drought. Seems to be partial to acidic soil.


On Feb 15, 2013, Jonis from Seattle, WA wrote:

My Arnold's Promise has been living in a pot for 4-5 years here in Seattle. Last week (early Feb) two blooms appeared, and that's all. What's the problem? Can I expect more, or is that it for this year?

Thanks for any guidance.

P.S. I bought the plant at Swanson's Nursery in the hope of winter fragrance, but it has never been fragrant at all.


On Jan 29, 2012, gelillc from Clarkston, MI wrote:

this is a spectacular specimen plant ..When planted was apprx 4 ft 10 years ago and now is apprx 10 by 10
Beautiful intense yellow flowers and gourgeous fall foilage

I have pics that I could share but I do not think they will let you post them on here ?


On Jun 21, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Does better than Hamamelis vernalis here. Even after a mild winter, H. vernalis doesn't flower well but this one is pretty reliable.


On Jan 18, 2010, Rarejem from (Julie)South Prairie, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Arnold Promise was the first variety of Witch Hazel that I added to my garden, and it had me hooked on it's beautiful form and early splash of color from the first year. I would question the 4'-6' height listing though, as I have had to prune twice a year to keep mine at 6'. I really wish I had planted it somewhere else where I could let it grow to it's heart's content. I would not describe It's fragrance as "sweet", but is nice and I can smell it from 20' away when it is at is prime. This is one plant that I will definitely never be without.


On Mar 9, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Arnold Promise' witch hazel is the first of this fine species that I had the pleasure to become acquainted with (and plant for myself) back in the 1980s.

I have enjoyed this large-growing shrub to small tree sized plant and its copious late winter and early spring fragrant bright yellow blooms. The only downside to 'Arnold Promise' performance is that it often overlaps in bloom time with the ubiquitous forsythia around central KY. Given the choice, most gardeners know what a forsythia is, and nurseries will sell them a thousand to each one witch hazel.

This is a fine plant, but it is rapidly being superceded by newer selections that bloom earlier in the winter when there is little to no competition.


On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:

I look forward to the late winter flowers every year! Blooms around Mid February around here-sometimes a bit earlier, and lasts about 4 weeks.


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

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


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

This is probably the most well known witch hazel and rightly so; the flowers are among the largest of the witch hazels and are a brilliant yellow. It was a selection made at the Arnold Arboretum, Mass., in 1963. This cultivar also has excellent fall colour.