I have realised that I can do something most other tree followers that link to Lucy’s monthly meme at Loose and Leafy on the 7th of each month – measure the height of my tree! This month my Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ is 30 inches or 76cm tall to the top of the main stem (not including the terminal leaf) and as witch hazels are slow growing I do not expect to see much change from month to month, even during the spring and summer. My oldest witch hazels were probably acquired about 10 years ago, and none of those are more than 3 or 4 feet (1m +) tall.
This newest acquisition is still sporting the odd new leaf (left) but there is now a very slight hint of a change on the perimeter of one or two of the more established leaves (right):
This specific monthly observation has encouraged me to compare my young tree with the other witch hazels in the garden, noticing for the first time how varied the timing of leaf colour and leaf drop are – but how much of this is the particular variety or where they are positioned in the garden, I wonder? As it is, ‘Arnold Promise’ has coloured and lost its leaves already, ‘Zuccariniana’ coloured and shrivelled then dropped, some like ‘Harry’ are as green as ever, whereas ‘Ruby Glow’ and ‘Orange Peel’ are displaying wonderful shades of red but are beginning to drop after our recent rain, and ‘Spanish Spider’ is turning yellow around the gills:
I wonder what colour ‘Amethyst’ will be next month? Temperatures have dropped considerably this week and the prospect of frost is getting closer which will no doubt make an impact. In the meantime, do go over to Lucy’s blog and see the trees she and other people are watching.