Witch Hazel Information - Knowledgebase Question

Burlington, IA
Question by katienana
January 19, 2001
Have you ever heard of a witch hazel tree? or shrub? My husband heard about one and we wanted to learn more about it.


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Answer from NGA
January 19, 2001

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Hamamelis is the genus for a group of shrubs or small trees commonly called witch hazel. They usually have a colorful fall foliage and hanging bloom clusters that resemble little mop heads in yellow to red shades that appear in winter. They take full sun to partial shade and prefer a soil rich in organic matter. Hamamelis vernalis (Ozark witch hazel) and H. virginiana (common witch hazel) are rated to withstand your winters. The latter's bark is used to make the witch hazel used for various medicinal aids. Hope this answers your questions!

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