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Pallida Witchhazel

Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

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Pallida Witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida') at Frisella Nursery

Pallida Witchhazel in bloom

Pallida Witchhazel in bloom

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Pallida Witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida') at Frisella Nursery

Pallida Witchhazel flowers

Pallida Witchhazel flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Witch Hazel


A large, spreading shrub which brings color and fragrance to the late winter garden when most other plants are still dormant; fragrant light yellow flowers with purple centers along the bare branches, good fall color, a great plant for winter effect

Ornamental Features

Pallida Witchhazel features showy fragrant buttery yellow strap-like flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The serrated round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Pallida Witchhazel is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Pallida Witchhazel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pallida Witchhazel will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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