Hamamelis virginiana

(Common, Witch Hazel)


$79.99


Hardiness Zones:

 3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Hamamelis virginiana, known as common witch hazel, is a fall/winter-blooming, deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to woodlands, forest margins and stream banks in eastern North America. It typically grows 15-20′ tall with a similar spread in cultivation, but can reach 30′ tall in its native habitat. Stem-hugging clusters of fragrant bright yellow flowers, each with four crinkly, ribbon-shaped petals, appear along the branches from October to December, usually after leaf drop but sometimes at the time of fall color. Fertilized flowers will form fruit over a long period extending through winter and into the following growing season. Fruits are greenish seed capsules that become woody with age and mature to light brown. Each seed capsule splits open in fall of the following year, exploding the 1-2 black seeds within for up to 30 feet. Oval to obovate, medium to dark green leaves (to 6″ long) with dentate to wavy margins turn quality shades of yellow in fall.

Description

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Promptly remove suckers to prevent colonial spread. Little pruning is required. Prune in early spring if necessary.

Additional information

Common Name

Common, Witch Hazel

Botanical Name

Hamamelis virginiana

Container/Amount

7 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

to 20 ft.

Width

to 20 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

late fall-winter

Flower Color

yellow

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Fall Color

yellow/orange

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