the scent of Hamamelis mollis , witch hazel
I've been getting loads of comments on my little witch hazel tree. I thought I would do another post on it. Many have asked about its scent. I find it hard to describe a scent, but let me try. First of all, it's very powerful, I can smell it a good ways off, and then I just have to go to the tree and have a nice long wiff. And close up, I admire its bright yellow spidery blooms. I would say the scent is sweetly spicy, it has a hint of dianthus (garden pinks) and cloves. And to me, it will always smell of January in Ireland.
BBC's Gardening site describes it so: "produces delicate blooms with intoxicating scent in the depths of winter."
I love this quote: "They bloom in the winter, smell like heaven," and "But their scent is to die for," Lowman said. "It's an incredibly sweet blend of floral and spice. It's powerful outdoors and a twig or two indoors can smell up an entire room."
And here's one more from Plants in Profile: "A difficult scent to describe, it always reminds me of the smell of fresh laundry drying in a sunny wind, with undertones of spice and vetiver."