Common Witch-hazel

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Shade Loving Common Witch-Hazel Yellow Fall Flowers

  • Bright Yellow Flowers in Autumn
  • Beautiful Dark-Green Leaves
  • Harvest Yellow Fall Color
  • Wildlife Interest
  • Shade Loving, Tolerates Sun
  • Hardy Native
  • Large Shrub or Smaller Tree
  • Tolerates Moist Soils and Clay Soils Well
  • Seldom Severely Damaged by Deer

For a last flowering Hurrah! to wind down your growing season, take a look at one of North Americas most unusual native shrubs. Common Witch-Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is extraordinary in its flowering habits and produces the most amazing flowers.

The fragrant flowers look like bright yellow ribbons draped up and down, all along the stems. Youve never seen anything like them! And they bloom in fall at the very end of the season, lasting well into early winter.

You can think of Common Witch-Hazel as the Forsythia of the Fall. If you love color, youll crave them for interest just as all the other deciduous plants in your garden is winding down and heading into dormancy. The flowers appear in late October to early December!

Use them to decorate your Fall Garden. They seem to glow in the landscape, with absolutely stunning bright gold fall color on the lovely leaves. Common Witch-Hazel will be a wonderful conversation starter at your football watch parties and get-togethers around the fire pit.

Theyll do fine in full sun, but really do their very best in shade or partial shade. How nice is that?

After all, mature trees, neighboring houses and sheds cast long shadows across lots of landscapes. Nature Hills plant experts answer questions on shade plants every week!

So many flowering shrubs do their best in full sunlightwith at least 6 hours of direct light a day. We know it can be challenging to create your backyard paradise if that kind of sunlight isnt available.

This shade loving plant is particularly prized by avid plant lovers. These deciduous plants can be grown as a shrub or small tree.

Unlike most plants, this shrub presents a cheery picture in the drab winter landscape and in shady spots in your yard. In fact, many times its slender yellow petals are the only sign of color in the dormant landscape.

Any last-minute butterflies or beneficial pollinators in your neighborhood will be so grateful for the nectar source! Common Witch-Hazel is an important host plant for butterflies. Birds eat the maturing fruit and seeds.

Youll love these standout shrubs in your late season shade garden. Order Common Witch-Hazel from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Common Witch-Hazel in the Landscape

Use these unique, deciduous shrubs at the edge of the woods and in the understory of larger mature trees. They will look great in an informal group of three or five. Youll love the bright fall color and late fall interest.

This is one of the most salt tolerant shrubs and are excellent to use along roadways and streets for screening and for sound absorption, as well. The large scale and broad form makes it an excellent plant for screening on a grand scale.

Witch Hazel also works as a wonderful specimen plant in areas where there is a rich, moist, mulched soil and can be underplanted with plenty of Hosta, Astilbe, or other shade loving perennials or ground covers to finish the landscape.

It can be grown as a large shrub or trained into a small tree form by removing the lowest limbs to raise the canopy. If you have a shady side yard, try one at the corner of your house as an interesting focal point.

It can tolerate low, wet spots in the landscape. They are magnificent along a pond, or plant them in mass to prevent erosion along creekbanks.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This is a hardy plant and won't require a great deal of care. Its early growth is slow but steady.

Give it a moderate amount of water regularly. They enjoy even moisture, and its important not to let it dry out. Apply a thick layer of mulch over the root system to keep them cool and moist.

Although it will tolerate full sun, its best to give it a shady location for optimal performance. It will tolerate clay soils. They love well-drained soil that is rich in organic material. Top dress with compost and make sure you use mulch over the roots.

Prune in early spring, if needed for size control. Normally, the plant is allowed to grow in its natural form with little pruning. We recommend you plan carefully to allow your Common Witch-Hazel to grow to the mature height and spread listed on the Plant Highlights.

Dont let another year go by without adding the mystique and charm of this fabulous native shrub to your landscape. Give it a prominent position, those wild flowers are incredibly showy.

Order Common Witch-Hazel today and enjoy!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Common Witch-hazel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hamamelis virginiana
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes