One of only five or six species of Hamamelis, H. x intermedia is a hybrid of the Japanese H. japonica and the Chinese H. mollis. A number of varieties of H. x intermedia are available, each bearing the fragrant, spidery, 4-petalled flowers typical of the genus. ‘Jelena’ is spreading in habit and can grow to 4 m in height and width. The leaves are oval-obovate to 15 cm in length, and take on yellow tints in autumn. This is a reliable and florific selection when grown in fertile, moist but well-drained, acid to neutral soils.