Plant of the Month : February 2019
Witch Hazel or Hamamelis is a genus of winter flowering shrubs and small trees that originate from both the USA and Eastern Asia. Their twisty, spidery flowers, borne on bare branches from December to March are a highlight of any winter planting. The flowers may be yellow, orange or red and are often sweetly scented. As an added bonus many varieties have attractive autumn leaf colour.
As you walk round the Park you will see a number lighting up our borders, including the pale yellow flowered ‘Aphrodite’ and the golden flowered ‘Jermyns Gold’.
If you manage a visit soon, you may also see the tree called Parrotia Persica or Persian Ironwood in full flower down by the Lions enclosure and also in our winter garden. This is a beautiful tree related to Hamamelis and has small red tufty flowers blooming in profusion on its bare branches.