- Plant IDs
- ID By Type
- Deciduous Trees
- Witch Hazels
- Hamamelis virginiana
Common name: American witch hazel
Hamamelis virginiana is a deciduous large shrub or small tree native to Eastern North America from Florida to Nova Scotia (hence the species name 'virginiana'). In our Garden, its fragrant, ribbon-like flowers appear as its oval leaves turn yellow in the fall. An extract from its leaves, bark and twigs is the astringent lotion 'witch hazel'. Its forked limbs are used as dowsing rods.
See Nov. 5, 2020 Garden Story.
General information about Hamamelis
Flower and leaves: Roy Forster
Flower close-up: AnRo0002, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Shrub photo: By Photo by David J. Stang - source: David Stang. First published at ZipcodeZoo.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61182363