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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. 

C A R E

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.