Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

Botanical Name: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

Common Name:
Jelena Witchhazel

Plant Hardiness: Zone 5

Flower: Copper flower that up close shows a red base fading to a yellow tip

Bloom Time: Late winter – February into March

Foliage: Green throughout the summer but turning shades of orange and red in fall

Fruit: A small capsule that is not showy

Habit: Upright and spreading large shrub

Size: 12 feet tall with an almost equal spread

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade, but best flower production is in full sun

Native Habitat: Both

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

‘Jelena’ – This one has long 1 inch petals, red toward the base, orange in the middle and yellow at the tip, kinked and twisted and looks like copper. Actually, ‘Jelena’ is sometimes listed as ‘Copper Beauty’. It also has very good fall color.