R. Gossler likes it (see Gossler Farms web site). Any other opinions?
I have seen several in my visits to nurseries around the country. Seems very floriferous from a small size/early age, but none of those I have seen/smelled had even the slightest fragrance, of course one of the main reasons for growing a witchhazel, at least for me. I have never seen a well established plant though.
Interesting. And this says it has poor foliage as well.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hamamelis Evaluation
I've never noticed anything odd about the foliage before, but the flower color is pretty striking (if you like yellow) - a bright suphurous color. Personally, I prefer the more intensely colored cultivars - Hiltingbury, Fire Charm, Winter Beauty or Ruby Glow. Heck, even Diane and Jelena, if pressed.
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I have a potted Westerstede that I purchased on sale this Fall, and have yet to detect any fragrance in its newly forming buds. Yesterday I saw Jelena in full bloom for the first time at a local nursery that was a good price and size. Any opinions on which of these two I would enjoy the most? Fragrance, Shape? I have a small garden. Thanks Ron , for sharing the informative chart!
Saw a good article on Hamamelis in the current Fine Gardening, "5 Best Witchhazels" (or something like that). Author has a huge collection of them, so his perspective is probably pretty useful. His faves were all familiar varieties, as I remember, which reinforced my impression that there are good reasons for some of the commonest plants to be common.
The Brotzman article referred to at the end of this piece is the one I'm talking about. (Too bad it's not on the web site as well).
Here is a link that might be useful: Witch Hazels Perk Up the Winter Season