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American Witch-Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana • Common Witch-Hazel


American witch-hazel is a medium sized shrub typically growing up to 6 meters tall, it generally grows as a dens, multi-stemmed clump. It is native throughout northeast and southeast North America. It prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils and tolerates heavy clay soils, although it is easily grown in average, medium moisture. It can be found growing in woodlands, forest margins and stream banks.



Leaves are oval, broad with a wavy-toothed margin and rounded apex. The midrib is hairy and the base in asymmetrical.


Hard, woody, hairy capsules - 10-14 mm long.


Pale to bright yellow with 4 petals. They are twisted, ribbon-like and found in clusters of 3 along twigs. Flowering begins in about mid-fall and continues until late fall.

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