Plant of the Week: Pallida Witch Hazel

Pallida witch hazel produces vibrant yellow flowers early in the year. Photo by Joan Garvin.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Much like the Jelena witch hazel featured last week, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida,' known by its common name Pallida witch hazel, produces vibrant blooms mid-winter when most other plants are dormant.

Pallida witch hazel has great yellow fall foliage followed by wintertime blooms of string-like yellow flowers with purple sepals. Make sure to stop to smell the flowers if you spot this bush on the High Line—its fragrant flowers are taste of spring in the middle of the winter.

On the High Line between Little West 12th Street and West 13th Street

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