Late blooming Witch Hazels give support to beneficial pollinators. People plant several varieties of these unique deciduous shrubs for a season of blooms starting in late winter through early spring.
Their naturally astringent bark has been a long-time natural topical remedy. Witch Hazel is useful to have on hand as part of your family's herbal supply for stings, bites, scratches, enlarged pores and ouchy, inflamed tissues.
The bark contains tannins and other antioxidants to reduce inflammation. You'll be pleased to learn how easy it is to grow these shrubs in your garden!
Depending on the species, Witch Hazel flowers bloom from late winter through to early spring. Strappy Witch Hazel blooms feature a range of hues from pale yellow petals all the way to red tones or orange-yellow flowers.
Japanese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis japonica) and Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) are related. There are also three species of Witch Hazel that are native to North America (Hamamelis ovalis, Hamamelis virginiana, and Hamamelis vernalis).
Of course, plant breeders have also brought modern hybrid mixes to market (Hamamelis x intermedia). These low-maintenance large shrubs are important flowering plants.
Many cultivars offer fragrant flowers; and on others, the leaves turn golden yellow in fall. Fall in love with these shrubs...they'll mature into workhorses for screening and structure.
They grow well in a variety of Growing USDA Zones in full sun or partial shade. For best results, please review the details for the individual cultivar found in the Plant Highlights on every NatureHills.com product page.
Witch Hazel are nicknamed Winterbloom because of their late fall or winter bloom period. Hamamalis make popular ornamental landscape plants due to bunches of ribbon-shaped, yellow, red or orange flowers that bloom when most other plants are out of season.
The foliage of compact Little Prospect Witch Hazel is variegated lemon-yellow and green for a pretty display all season-long. Textured leaves with prominent veining add to the visual appeal.
The bark of Common Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is used to soothe red, irritated skin and scalp. Common Witch Hazel offers a golden fall color display, as well!
Use it as a backdrop to hide a shed or utility area. Then, place a hammock stand or two on the other side!
Keep Witch Hazel plants as small trees by simply removing the lower limbs to expose more of the trunk. Open the interior of the canopy for a noteworthy patio tree; or keep them in large containers on your balcony for many years with annual slow-release Witch Hazel fertilizer to feed your plant.
Of course, you can also allow them to grow into dense, shrubby bushes. They perform beautifully as a backdrop or hedge.
However you choose to grow them, Witch Hazels are a critical nectar resource for beneficial pollinators. Grow them with other early bloomers like Ivory Prince Lenten Roses and Pussy Willow; as well as host plants like Spice Bush and extended bloom perennials.
Many over-the-counter products used on sores and swelling have ingredients that list Witch Hazel as a natural remedy. Grow a patch of Witch Hazel for your family's needs.
It's easy to boil, steam or distill the bark to create skin salves for scratches and sores. Cut Witch Hazel brush to prepare your own skin and first aid tonics; or sell them to wholesalers for prep in drugstore preparations.
On a large property, grow Witch Hazel shrubs with Elderberry bushes from NatureHills.com. Prep with these important traditional medicinal remedies; but please follow a reputable recipe.
Modern plant breeders have been hard at work improving our beautiful collection of Distylium. These red-hot landscape plants are experiencing a surge of popularity...and no wonder!
Distylium are easy-care broad-leaved evergreens that bring marvelous texture to gardens in Growing Zones 7 - 9. They are related to Witch Hazel; growing well in warm winters and hot summers.
Featuring large, blue-green foliage, spreading Coppertone Distylium adds colorful, coppery new growth in spring. You'll either appreciate their sculptural, free-form growth habit in your shrub borders; or can keep them pruned to shape.
Red, strappy flowers decorate the winter season. Best of all, adaptable Coppertone is seriously low-maintenance and makes a dynamic foundation plant.
Vintage Jade Distylium brings glossy blue-green evergreen foliage on arching branches. You'll also have a winter display of showy maroon blooms for living Holiday decorations!
Use the graceful, mounding form on this low-growing spreader as a mass planting. Or, use a low Vintage Jade hedge at the front of your foundations and shrub borders.
Add Linebacker Distylium for vertical height...and a broad-leaved evergreen privacy screen. Clip them into formal hedges; or keep them as a living sculpture with red flowers in winter.
Linebacker is an easy-care selection that performs well in full sun or partial shade. They also tolerate both periodic drought and dampness.
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