Witch Hazel 'Aurora' or 'Arnold Promise'?

amyjeanMay 7, 2010

I am posting this question here because there seem to be quite a few very people here who are knowledgable about Witch Hazel, although my question is more in the line of "fall gardening".

I am interested in planting a witch hazel, but am not interested in the flowers at all, only in the fall foliage. I'm looking for very bright color, primarily yellow, but a mix of yellow, orange and red would also be nice. Fragrance, like the flowers, is not a concern.

I'm leaning toward either "Aurora" or "Arnold Promise". I've heard great things about the spectacular fall color of AP, but it's listed as "zone 5", and I fear I may be on the very edge of that, maybe tending toward zone 4 in my little micro climate here. Hence, my interest in "Aurora", which seems to be listed as a "zone 4" shrub, but I can find very little on whether it actually has really spectacular autumn color.

I would so appreciate any help on this. I don't have a lot of room to plant many things, so I hope to get this right.

Thanks in advance,


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Did you ever find the information you were seeking on witch hazels?

If you're still searching, try the web site for Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ; link is below. I've always found their web site to be a good source of information. Just enter hamamelis in the search box in the upper right corner of the home page and you'll find information and photos on many different witch hazels.

This nursery is about 20 minutes south of me; it's not far from Six Flags/Great Adventure ... but I'd much rather spend the day at Rare Find ;-) and is one of my favorite nurseries because they're serious, not glitzy, about what they do.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rare Find Nursery

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 11:06PM
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Hoping not to burst a bubble, but if you had not purchased yet, I would avoid 'Arnold Promise' as it is high on the susceptibility for leaf spotting fungus Phyllostica hamamelidis. It can cause leaves to curl and brown in the middle of summer.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 9:47PM
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