The ‘Barmstedt Gold’ witch hazel is a golden yellow-flowered shrub with upright-spreading branching. It will typically grow to 9-12’ tall and to 9-12' wide. It is noted for its winter-blooming (often february), golden yellow flowers with reddish calyces. Each flower has four, narrow, ribbon-like, curled and slightly crinkled petals. Axillary clusters of these flowers bloom along the stems from late January to March. Flowers are nicely fragrant. Ovate-orbicular dark green leaves (to 4” long) turn attractive yellow in fall.
It is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It flowers best in full sun, prefering moist, acidic, organically rich soils. Consistent moisture is best. Shrubs have some tolerance for clay soils as long as drainage is good. Promptly remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread. It is particularly important to remove root suckers rising from below a graft union. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size. Zones 5 - 8.
This is a superior winter-flowering shrub for the landscape. Shrub borders, woodland gardens. Screen or tall hedge. Good specimen plant.