American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Witch hazel blooming

Zones: 4 to 8
Light: Part Shade
Bloom Time: Late Fall to Early Winter
Height: 10′ to 20′ tall
Spread: 15′ to 20′ wide

American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a large deciduous shrub with clusters of yellow, citrus-scented petals that appear in the late fall and early winter.

As the name suggests, it is a native to North America that is low maintenance, fairly deer resistant and disease resistant once it is established.

Although Witch Hazel grows quite large naturally, it can be pruned to keep it smaller. This should be done before summer starts to prevent cutting off the buds.

Once the buds have formed, the branches can be cut and forced to bloom indoors where they make dramatic additions to a bouquet.

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