Hamamelis mollis

Previously featured on BPotD five years ago, Hamamelis mollis (or Chinese witchhazel) is one of the few dozen or so taxa in bloom in UBC Botanical Garden at the moment (this photograph is from a couple days ago).

This wide-spreading small tree (to ~8m tall) has a native range restricted to China (Hamamelis mollis in Flora of China), where it flowers in the months of April and May. In UBC Botanical Garden, however, it is reliably in full-flower by the end of January.

Additional photographs are available from the University of Connecticut’s Plant Database: Hamamelis mollis.

Hamamelis mollis

16 responses to “Hamamelis mollis”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    FINALLY. After many, many long hours of trial and error, trying this and trying that, I’ve managed to get the weblog software working as it should when I try to publish an entry. Of course, it’ll all change again in a couple months when the garden debuts its revised web site… but my frustration level with the software is now very much in decline.

  2. Connie

    Congrats! And I love this little tree. Do you also have wintersweet? Your photos are always so good. The blue-violet in the upper left is a particularly nice foil to the yellow petals, the juxtaposition is great.

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Yes, we do have wintersweet, but my attempt at a photograph of it a couple days ago only produced a so-so image. That plant has fewer flowers than in previous years, so I don’t know if I’m late or early in trying to photograph it, or if it has been affected by something else.

  4. sarah

    I think I have grown this tree from cuttings?

  5. wendy

    I think we can all sigh, ‘finally’. It must have been worst for you so again, congratulations. I too love the pale butter tones – textured as it were. Thanks! No comment on scent?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Ah! Of course — they smell exquisite. I don’t think I’d ever tire of the fragrance.

  7. Krystyna Szulecka

    It is in full bloom now in Leeds West Yorkshire UK
    Krystyna Szulecka

  8. Irma in Sweden

    Gongrats to your computer work and even more to the wonderful pics. We planted this on our grounds at a shared estate. Not in bloom yet but the sun is out an doing its thing ie bringing spring in the air so I will check everyday

  9. Bonnie

    A beautiful job of photography!

  10. Eva

    Gorgeous photo! I’m hoping to plant a H. virginiana in my garden this year.

  11. Janet Davis

    I love that the Asian and northeastern witchhazels flower at such seasonal extremes. I shot the tiny, yellow, fringed blooms of H. virginiana in November here in Toronto, and there is its Asian cousin all decked out in mid-winter. Makes me contemplate the notion (put forth by Asa Gray, among others)that many of these Asian/North American doppelgangers were once single taxa and the separation of continental landmasses resulted in the development of discrete Asian and N. American species. I think of this when I look at the dogwoods, especially, but also these pretty witchhazel cousins. Enjoy your early spring Daniel. It’s -8 here in Ontario’s Muskoka region with snow in the forecast (and some very pretty white pines outside).

  12. Marci

    Just a long-overdue thanks for all the techno work you do to keep BPOD
    as good as it is, Daniel. For me, the photography and actual hort-time would be fun (up to a point) but all that time reconfiguring the software must get really tedious. Anyway, thanks mucho.
    Vernalis & virginiana blooming away here in Charlottesville past 8-10 days.

  13. Elizabeth Brodie

    Ahhh!! Just adore the fragrance! And at this time of year… All dimensions of this budding tree are appreciated!!

  14. elizabeth a airhart

    zone nine in florida enjoys witchhazel grows very well here just lovely
    thank you for all your work and time daniel your photos come close
    to looking like fine paintings at times- mercy on soft wear

  15. Elizabeth Revell

    Ever since I read Vita Sackville-West’s comments on the Chines witch hazel in her Garden Book I have been envious of those who can grow this charming plant. she makes it sound so incredibly desirable – she rates it well ahead of virginianum though … and adds japonica “Arborea” as the other most desirable species. Alas I don’t live where there are frosts … “On winter mornings you can see the crinkled gold coming through the rime like sugared crystalline fruits”. And “… it is ideal as a picked flower, very long-lasting, decorative, and capable of scenting a whole room.” What a wonderful thing to have in the “dead” winter.

  16. Lafaut Bernard

    Good afternoon from Belgium
    Please note most importantant collection (Europe) of Hamamalis you find in Arboretum Kalmthout (..Link on Calendar http://www.rosabelgica.be ,..to surf, or to visit). Also you find info about other important Gardens in Belgium.
    With beautiful Roses,
    Bernard Lafaut

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