Amethyst Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x vernalis 'Amethyst'
Mature Height: 8 to 10 ft.
Mature Spread: 10 to 15 ft.
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Amethyst is one of the more striking witch hazel that we have seen. It has purple red blooms that appear in the mid-winter to early spring when the rest of your garden is sleeping. The button-like blooms on Amethyst will open up and unfurl ribbons of red/purple blooms that smell like mild citrus with hints of spice. For us, these blooms herald the last days of winter. We know when we see and smell them that our grey snowy landscape will soon be alight with the sounds and colors of spring.
The origins of Amethyst are a little unclear, but it is believed to be a vernalis hybrid as a result it tops out at 8-10 ft. tall and 10-15 ft. wide. It is a very hardy plant and has few problems with disease. Witch hazel is an under-appreciated plant in the United States, but most homes in Europe, particularly Germany, have at least one witch hazel in the garden. It grows best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter, but can tolerate some clay.
|Purple to red
|Late winter to early spring
|Yellow, orange, & copper
|Genus & Species:
|Hamamelis x vernalis 'Amethyst'
|8 to 10 ft.
|10 to 15 ft.
|Well drained soil; summer watering
|Full sun to partial shade
|5 to 8
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Did you get my photo? My plants were more like 2ft, not 3 to 4ft. Any thoughts.
Arrived in great condition!
The plant arrived in excellent condition and I planted it the day I received it. Looking forward to seeing it bloom. I would highly recommend New Blooms Nursery to any gardener.
'Amethyst' was originally called 'Brotzman's Purple', being introduced by Brotzman's Nursery, Lake County, Ohio.
The amethyst witch hazels we ordered arrived within a week, healthy and on the large end of the size range stated. They are already doing well in the ground.