Type: Deciduous shrub.
Bloom: White apetalous, 2” long fragrant flowers in mid spring.
Size: 3’ H x 3’ W
Light: Full sun-full shade.
Soil: Well-drained, evenly moist, rich, acidic soil, but tolerates less than ideal conditions.
Fertilizer: Apply slow release fertilizer for acid loving plants in spring around the drip line making sure that it does not touch the root collar at the base of the plant
Hardiness: Zones 5-8.
Care: Thin the plant after blooming in its early years to produce an open form. Water well during periods of drought. A 3” layer of pine needle mulch will preserve moisture and improve the soil.
Pests and Diseases: None of importance; good disease resistance.
Propagation: Rooted stem cuttings June-September.
Companion plants: Azaleas, rhododendrons, loropetalum; a backdrop of evergreen shrubs will set off the flowers.
Outstanding Selections: ‘Mt Airy’ is a little larger than the species but with more flowers and better fall color. ‘Harold Epstein’ is only 2’ x 2’ but is not as colorful as the species.
Comment: The species is native to the Southeast and is related to witch hazel.