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Witch hazel - Hamamelis × intermedia 'Arnold Promise'


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The Epiphany Tree – Witch Hazel

The spidery, yellow ribbons of the witch hazel unfurl with a spicy fragrance in the Fota Frameyard. This is the  Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’,  that came under attack from the Fota rabbits when it was first planted. Now it has recovered and is thriving in the herbaceous border.  E.A. Bowles, the British horticulturist, called witch hazel the ‘Epiphany Tree’ because some of these shrubs start to flower around the 6th of January and smell like frankincense.  ‘Arnold Promise’ flowers somewhat later than others, in February and March.

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