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Height: 15-20' high and wide

Light: Full sun (best) to part shade

Soil: Moist, well drained; seasonally wet 

Bloom: Yellow, fringe-like, late fall to late winter

Fruit: Brown/copper seed capsules

Foliage: Deciduous, yellow fall

Resistance: Deer, clay

Landscape: Flowering tree, hedge, privacy screen

More information and native range here

Fun fact: The flowers and fruit on Witch Hazel can appear at the same time, which is rare.

Fun fact #2:  The “witch” in Witch Hazel comes from “Wicke” in Middle English for “lively,” and “Wych,” which is Anglo-Saxon for “Bend.”  (U.S. Forest Service)

Witch Hazel

3 Gallons
  • Pollinator value: High.  Larval host to dozens of moth species including the Polyphemus moth, the relatively rare Cameraria hamameliella, and dozens of other moth species.    Native bees, beetles, wasps.  Birds eat the fruits.

    Foliage emerges bronze-red and turns a shiny yellow in fall.  As leaves drop, yellow fringe-like -- or spider-like -- flowers appear on the branches providing unusual winter interest.   Best fruits in full sun.

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