Texas Gardening forum: Hamamelis ovalis.

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Name: Neil
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Nov 19, 2014 6:13 PM CST
I am most excited as in 2004 and announced in 2006 Mr S.W. Leonard found a woody shrub in America that is new to science. it is a witch hazel and only grows in rare places between south Mississippi and Alabama, and only there, It is a north American native and an endangered species.
I managed to get permission from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Hoot Owl Hollow Nursery to use their pictures of this rare and most beautiful plant called Hamamelis ovalis or the Leonard's witch hazel, it is also called the Big leaf witch hazel. Of course it is very rare and knowledge of it is limited. I have found out what I could and it is on the plant database.
It is unique as the hazel like leaves are twice to three times the size of other Hamamelis leaves and the flowers are either red, orange, wine red, or bicolour yellow.
A stunning plant.
ATP say it is the first time a picture of this plant has been put on the Database.
Getting permission was not easy, but for you a look at Hamamelis ovalis.
Regards and much love.

Photo courtesy Alan Cressler and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Photo courtesy Alan Cressler and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Photo courtesy Jane Unger, Hoot Owl Hollow Nursery, New Marshfield, Ohio.
A lot of work to get permission for these.
Name: Cheryl
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Nov 19, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Good job!! Hurray! Hurray! Thanks for getting it into our Database. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Nov 19, 2014 10:41 PM CST


That's a great addition to the database! I grew up in south MS. I'll have to contact a few friends to se if they've information on this new discovery! As I was reading your post, I was hoping the Wildflower Center had one. The center is not far from my home.
Name: Linda
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Nov 21, 2014 11:50 PM CST
Thumbs up It's lovely! Thanks, Neil!
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