On the left handside of the main path through the Water
Gardens heading towards the Rock Garden.
Commonly known as Witch Hazel, Hamamellis are (in plant
terms) a small group of only five species of shrubs found in
North America, Japan and China. The leaves and bark of the
North American Hamamelis virginiana produce
a substance first used by Native
Americans. Today it is found in many modern
products for treating bruises and insect bites.
This particular Witch Hazel is named 'Diane' is named after the
daughter of famed Belgian gardeners Robert and Jelena de
Belder who introduced it in 1969. 'Diane' is a red-flowered form
with spreading branches. It typically grows to 2.5
metres over 10 years. It is also noted for its autumn leaf
colour of oranges and reds.
All Hamamelis are easy to grow with no real care and
attention needed so long as they are planted somewhere they like;
sunny or part shade avoiding excessively wet or very well drained
soils. Other than that, make sure you can provide enough space.
Sizes vary so check before buying!
Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit). This
award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS
following plant trials during which the plant met strict
criteria testing its garden worthiness.