The Hamamelidaceae, commonly referred to as the witch-hazel family, is a family of flowering plants in the order Saxifragales. The clade consists of shrubs and small trees positioned within the woody clade of the core Saxifragales. The earlier Cronquist system recognized Hamamelidaceae in the Hamamelidales order.
Hamamelis×intermedia (hybrid witch hazel) is a species of flowering plant in the family Hamamelidaceae. It is a hybrid of garden origin between H. japonica and H. mollis. Its latin name refers to its intermediate appearance between those two species.
It is a deciduousshrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall and wide, with zig-zagging stems and alternate, simple leaves 15 cm (6 in) long, which turn yellow in autumn. The yellow, orange or red flowers with twisted petals appear on bare stems in midwinter through early spring.
Numerous cultivars have been developed, many of them prized as garden subjects. The following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-