Hamamelis virginiana, Common Witch HazelSKU: n/a.
A delightful Missouri and Illinois native shrub or small tree, Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, is usually the last native flowering plant to bloom. It brings delicate yellow flowers in the last months of the year, October to December, usually after its leaves drop. Its fragrant bright flowers with curled, ribbon-like petals appear along the stems. Its fruit follows and will last from winter until the following fall. Its lovely rounded leaves with wavy margins turn yellow in fall. If given space, Witch Hazel will spread by suckers to form colonizes. It grows 15-20′ tall.
This species’ extract of its bark and roots is distilled for the astringent Witch Hazel.
Hamamelis virginia grows easily in average to medium moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. For best flowering place in full sun. Hamamelis prefers a rich soil and consistent moisture. No pruning is needed, but if required is best done in early spring. Remove suckers to prevent shrubs from colonizing.
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