Gallery of Autumn Leaves
October portraits of
Hamamelis x. intermedia 'Jelena'
'Jelena' witchhazel has just about the brightest
autumn reds of any Hamamelis hybrid. This was its
color in November 2001, the deepest reds it ever achieves.
Here it is in October 2002.
In autumn sunlight it looks like a heap of hot coals.
Shown in this portrait one year later, early in October 2003
it ringed its leaves in zones of purple &
pink with thin yellow fringe. It got increasingly colorful
through the rest of the month.
Toward October's end (2003) its color peaked before turning the
deepest hot-coals-red it achieved in 2001 & 2002,
but was no less remarkable. Small weather differences
appear to affect its development. It had just gone through a
summer that had had many record-hot days,
then in October, while turning colors, it rained heavily
for half the month, & by the last day of the month
the leaves were battered to the ground,
where they were left as a natural mulch.
It's mid-October again, a year later, & 'Jelena' took on
yet another series of color traits, bright yellow center with
rich fuchsia edging, the red increasing day by day.
Goodness gracious, less than a week later,
the whole shrub is as brightly colored as a carnival ride!
There are more autumn portraits
of this amazing shrub accompanying the article
What a Charmnut is Witch Hazel
plus a separate page all about its amazing
'Jelena' Witch Hazel Winter Flowers
& see the article on
Medicinal Uses of Witch Hazel
Continue to the Next Page of the Autumn Leaves Gallery.
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