Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’

Botanical Name: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’

Common Name:
Diane Witchhazel

Plant Hardiness: Zone 5

Flower: Bronze red flowers

Bloom Time: Late winter – February into March

Foliage: Green throughout the summer but turning hues of orange in the fall

Fruit: A small capsule that is not showy

Habit: Rounded small tree with low branching

Size: 15 feet tall with an almost equal spread

Sun Exposure: Will grow in full sun to partial shade but best flower production is in full sun

Native Habitat: Both “parents” originate in Asia but the cross was made in England

Other Features: Suckers growing from the root stock should be pruned away. Deer tend to leave witchhazels alone



Description: Hamamelis x intermedia forms are hybrids of H. japonica x H. mollis, two oriental forms of witchhazel found in Japan and China respectively. Unlike our native witchhazel, H. virginiana, which blooms in the fall, the oriental species bloom in very early spring. The flowers are fragrant; however, the intensity of fragrance varies with each variety. This plant is tolerant of most soil conditions, except it would prefer moist soil rather than soil that gets too dry. Eventually these hybrids can obtain a size of 15 to 20 feet in height with about the same spread, so they should be planted where they can have some room.

‘Diane’ – This is a coppery-red form, not quite as fragrant as some. The flowers turn darker with age.