Flowering now is one of our favorite native witch hazels, the semi-dwarf, Ozark witch hazel, Hamamelis vernalis ‘Quasimodo’. This amazing gem was discovered and introduced by the late Dutch nurseryman, Pieter Zwijnenburg. I would argue that this is a far more significant introduction than his much better known Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’. Our 8-year-old specimen is now 5′ tall x 5′ wide. Not only does the compact size fit in most gardens, but the density of the deliciously fragrant flowers is unparalleled in the genus.
Need full sun to keep the compact shape?
It would certainly be more compact in sun, but should also be okay in open shade.
Just incredible. Is this available commercially?
We see it occasionally popup on specialty nursery lists on-line.
I would love to add this to my collection of Witch Hazels. Too bad it is not readily available.