Hamamelis virginiana

witch-hazel

Hamamelidaceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-15 ft    Width: 10-15 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen or background plant. It is unusual in that it blooms in the fall.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
The fruit is eaten by grouse, bobwhite, white-tailed deer, beaver and rabbit.
Native Habitats: Dry mesic deciduous forests, bluffs, hammocks, sinks, floodplains, creek swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B

Other

Ethnobotany: The bark and leaves have been used to produce astringent extracts that have been used variously as topical medications. The forked twigs of witch hazel are preferred as divining rods. An extract of the plant is used in the astringent witch hazel. The bark and leaves were used by native Americans in the treatment of external inflammations.
Other Comments: This is one of the few shrubs that blooms in the fall.