Hamamelis, Witch Hazel 'Jelena'

Hamamelis x intermedia

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

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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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Other details:

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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 is said to grow outdoors 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

Easley, South Carolina

Anacortes, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 wi... read more


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, Oran... read more


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.


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.