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H A M A M E L I S   V I R G I N I A N A

C O M M O N  N A M E:  American Witch Hazel
F A M I L Y:  Hamamelidaceae
H A B I T:  Dense and evenly spreading
O R I G I N:  Canada, Eastern North America
Z O N E :  3 to 8   
H E I G H T:  Avg. 15' to 20'
S U N :  Full sun, partial shade
S O I L : Well-drained

T A G S :  hedge, rain garden, specimen, small tree, large shrub 

F O L I A G E ,   F L O W E R  +  B A R K

Leaves are dark green on the upside and pale on the bottom side, alternate, simple and broadly ovate.  2"-5" long.

Flowers with spidery,  slender petals, emerge from October to December and display in tints from butter yellow to deep orange (depending on species or hybrid). The blooms provide a recognizable boost of both color and fragrance to the landscape. The healing properties of the bark, used as an astringent, in tea and for inflammation was first employedby Indigenous Americans. 


Hamamelis virginiana requires ample sunlight, regular watering and moist, rich soils in beginning stages. Once well established, Witch Hazels require little maintenance and are relatively pest and disease-resistant. 

L A N D S C A P E   V A L U E

When used as a specimen species, Witch Hazel can be sited next to a frequently used pathway or near a doorway. Though commonly an understory tree, with full sun, flowers bloom longer and stronger, which brightens the landscape, especially in autumn and winter months.