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Hamamelis virginiana

Native Plants

Common Witch-Hazel

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Summary

Just when autumn is nearing an end, Hamamelis virginiana bursts into flower. This multi-stemmed, irregular-spreading small tree that can reach 15-20’ tall, produces masses of bright yellow strap-shaped flowers as leaves are dropping. Common witch-hazel grows best in partial shade to full sun. It prefers slightly acidic well-drained to dry soils where it produces stunning autumn flowering and golden foliage displays. Common witch-hazel is at its best as a border plant, understory companion or a specimen in combination with plants such as Ilex opaca, Kalmia latifolia, Viburnum acerifolium, Polystichum acrostichoides, and Rhododendron periclymenoides.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub, tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Soil Type
    mid-fall 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown