Witch Hazel Shrubs

Witch Hazel Shrubs

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Witch hazel shrubs are medium to large plants that fit nicely in many landscapes. The genus name (Hamamelis) is Latin may have been taken from the Greek meaning of a service tree. There are some descriptions of witch hazel plants that label it as a tree, but we believe that a dense, shrubby bush is a better description for most growing locations. There are 3 species of witch hazel that are native to North America (H. ovalis, H. virginiana, and H.vernalis).

A witch hazel shrub is also known as Winterbloom because of their bloom period, which begins in late fall or winter. They are popular ornamental landscape plants due to bunches of yellow to orange flowers that bloom when most other plants are out of season.

The leaves and bark of witch hazel are also used medicinally as an astringent. Many over-the-counter products used on sores and swelling have ingredients that list witch hazel as a natural remedy.