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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Saxifragales

Familia: Hamamelidaceae
Subfamilia: Hamamelidoideae
Genus: Hamamelis
Species: Hamamelis japonica

Hamamelis japonica Siebold & Zucc., 1843

Hamamelis arborea Ottol. ex Mast., Gard. Chron. (1874) I. 187
Hamamelis bitchuensis Makino, Journ. Jap. Bot. 1: 7 (1916)
Hamamelis flavo-purpurascens Makino, Journ. Jap. Bot. 4: 7 (1927)
Hamamelis incarnata Makino, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 27: 71 (1913)
Hamamelis japonica f. auriflora Satomi, J. Phytogeogr. Taxon., 36(2): 64 (1988)
Hamamelis japonica f. discolor (Nakai) Ohwi ex H.Ohba, Fl. Japan 2b: 8 (2001)
Hamamelis japonica f. obtusata (Makino) H.Ohba, Fl. Japan 2b: 8 (2001)
Hamamelis japonica ssp. megalophylla (Koidz.) Murata, Acta Phytotax. Geobot., 32(1-4): 55 (1981)
Hamamelis japonica var. bitchuensis (Makino) Ohwi, (1953)
Hamamelis japonica var. discolor (Nakai) Sugim., (1961)
Hamamelis japonica var. megalophylla (Koidz.) Kitam., (1962)
Hamamelis megalophylla Koidz., Acta Phytotax. & Geobot., Kyoto, 8: 256 (1939)
Hamamelis obtusata f. flavo-purpurascens Makino
Hamamelis obtusata Makino, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 27: 150 (1913)
Hamamelis obtusata var. discolor Nakai, (1913)
Hamamelis zuccariniana Ottol. ex Mast., Gard. Chron. (1874) I. 187

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: Eastern Asia
Introduced into:

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Siebold, P.F.v. & Zuccarini, J.G. 1842–1870. Flora Japonica sive, Plantae Quas in Imperio Japonico Collegit, Descripsit, ex Parte in Ipsis Locis Pingendas Curavit. Sectio Prima Continens Plantas Ornatui vel Usui Inservientes. Digessit J. G. Zuccarini. Volumen secundum. 89 + 1 pp., 150 tab., Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]. Gallica Reference page. : 4(2):193.

Additional references

Akiyama, S., Thijsse, G., Esser, H.-J. & Ohba, H. (2014). Siebold and Zuccarini's type specimens and original materials from Japan, pert 4, Angiosperma. Dicotyledoneae 3 The Journal of Japanese Botany 89: 209-229.
Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Hamamelis japonica in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Oct 06. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. Oct. Hamamelis japonica. Published online. Accessed: 06 Oct. 2021. Hamamelis japonica. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 06 Oct 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Hamamelis japonica. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Oct 06. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Hamamelis japonica in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
čeština: vilín japonský
Deutsch: Japanische Zaubernuss
日本語: マンサク
한국어: 풍년화
Nederlands: Japanse toverhazelaar
norsk: Japantrollhassel
svenska: Japansk trollhassel
中文: 日本金縷梅

Hamamelis japonica, Japanese witch-hazel, is a species of flowering plant in the family Hamamelidaceae, native to Japan but widely cultivated in temperate situations elsewhere. A horizontally spreading, hardy deciduous shrub or small tree, it is notable for the slightly fragrant yellow blooms which clothe its naked branches in the depths of winter through to early spring (usually in January and February). The green leaves follow, and in favourable locations they turn yellow before dropping in autumn.[3]

H. japonica is one parent of the hybrid Hamamelis × intermedia, an extremely popular and widespread award-winning garden shrub, whose other parent is Hamamelis mollis.
Shrub in summer

"Hamamelis japonica". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
"Hamamelis japonica". U.S. National Plant Germplasm System. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
"Hamamelis japonica". Trees and Shrubs Online. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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