There is nothing common about the common witch-hazel, historically known for its uses on the homestead as an astringent and water dowsing sticks.
This larger sized shrub normally blooms in the late fall, but has been known to bloom again during a warm spring!
The leaves are non-descript, the real draw is the spindly yellow flowers that line the stems and provide brilliant color after most other leaves have dropped.
While most plants form flowers and fruit during the warm months, witch-hazel bears fruit over the winter, and the seedpods mature later the following year. The pods dry out and then burst open, shooting seeds up to 30 feet away!
Witch-Hazel supports 68 species of lepidoptera and provides a winter food source for birds.
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Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel)
SIZE: 1 gallon pot type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade, shade water needs: average, moist height: 10-15' plant spacing: 8 foot distance bloom time: October, November bloom color: yellow
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.