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Witch Hazel Hamamelis

Growing Witch Hazel: Tips at a Glance

Witch hazel is a perennial shrub that blooms in winter on bare wood, with branches of wispy yellow or orange flowers that look lovely in a vase.

  • Type Shrub, small tree
  • USDA Zones 5-8
  • Sun Needs it to flower
  • Soil Well-drained
  • Design Tip Slow grower
  • Peak Season Deep winter
  • Site Protect from wind
  • Other Uses Planter on wheels
  • Color Orange, red flower

Witch Hazel: A Field Guide

While most garden plants are deep in winter slumber, it’s witch hazel—Hamamelis—that springs to life, putting on a fragrant and colorful show. 

In winter’s darkest months—provided there’s some sun—witch hazel rewards with blooms of yellow, gold and red. See some glowing winter landscapes at Winter Enchantment: 9 Best Witch Hazels for a Luminous Garden.

We think the best floral colors come from the hybrid Hamamelis x intermedia, while Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis) offers up the best scent. H. virginiana is the fragrant but not-so-showy variety that grows in woodland clearings. Witch hazel grows up to 15 feet in 20 years. Prune when flowers are spent, before summer. Bring snipped flowering branches inside for a simple, structural arrangement.

Planting, Care and Design of Witch Hazel

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