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Hamamelis virginiana

Native Plants

Common Witch-Hazel

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Just when autumn is nearing an end, common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) bursts into flower. This multi-stemmed, irregular-spreading small tree can reach 15-20’ tall, and 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 American holly (Ilex opaca), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), Christmas fern(Polystichum acrostichoides), and pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides). Zones 3-8.

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    shrub, tree 
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    green, yellow 
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