This is a must have in the garden for me – an early flowering witch hazel: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’.
It is considered by many to be one of the best cultivars to result from crossing Hamamelis mollis, a Chinese cultivar and H. japonica, a Japanese cultivar. Attributes include vigor, coppery orange flowers, and warm fall color. ‘Jelena’ is consistently one of the first H. x intermedia cultivars to bloom at the Scott Arboretum. The cultivar was named in 1954 by Robert de Belder, a witchhazel enthusiast responsible for naming many cultivars, in honor of his wife.