Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Two Purples

Reds, Oranges & Yellows there are in abundance but purple Witch Hazels are a rarer breed, here are two.

Hamamelis Amethyst was a seedling selected by Tim Brotzman. It's parentage is unknown but it probably has both H. vernalis & H. x intermedia blood. It sometimes is listed with the name 'Brotzman's Purple'. Hamamelis vernalis 'Purpurea' is a much older cultivar. There is a large & perhaps the only original plant at the Washigton Park Arboretum in Seattle. More recently this plant has been given the cultivar name 'Washigton Park' perhaps because the Latinized cultivar name 'Purpurea' is invalid.

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