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Common Witch-hazel

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Hamamellis virginiana

Flower Description:

The tree produces bright yellow flowers in winter which rather look like spiders with very slender petals. The flowers form in clusters with four crinkly, ribbon shaped petals along the branches. The fruit is contained in a woody, brown capsule 5 inches long and almost as wide holding 2 black seeds. Flowers are pollinated by noctuid moths.

Season BloomWinter
HabitatWitch Hazel is a high value plant that can be used on hillsides for erosion control. It can survive occasional flooding. Valuable near water edges. It attracts moths, pollinators, small mammals and song birds. With its velvety leaves, deer stay away.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are simple, alternate and elliptical with unequal, wavy margin with a hairy stem. The leaves feel velvety. Leaves are 3-6 inches long.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun