Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' FIRE CHARM
Common name: hybrid witch hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between H. japonica (Japanese witch hazel) and H. mollis (Chinese witch hazel). The hybrid name intermedia is in reference to the characteristics of the hybrid being between those of the two parent plants.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' FIRE CHARM is a deciduous shrub with an open spreading habit. It does well in sun or part shade as long as it's planted in well drained soil. H. x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' FIRE CHARM blooms in January and February with orange-red flowers which are gently fragrant. The mid green leaves which appear after the flowers bloom, are large and oval, and turn to shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall.
H. x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' FIRE CHARM was bred by Herm. A. Hesse Nurseries in Weener, Germany. The American trademark name FIRE CHARM is a translation of Feuerzauber from the German. In Europe this cultivar is named Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' Magic Fire.
H. x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' FIRE CHARM can be found in Bed 127D of the Sino-Himalayan Garden. The photos were taken in January 2023.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe