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Hamamelis virginiana

 
Hamamelis virginiana
So far, the flower display is hardly breathtaking
witchhazel
By January, only the bracts remain, but they still add some interest
Hamamelis virginiana
Late October flowers

Common name witchhazel
Family hamamelidaceae
Life cycle tree/shrub
Flowers yellow (late fall)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

Witchhazels are known for their fall or winter spidery flowers. Our native common witchhazel blooms in mid to late fall, starting at about the time its leaves drop. It prefers a moist soil, which means that its place in our garden is less than ideal: since we want to see the flowers up close in the off-season, it's planted along our front walk, which gets full sun (along with some baking from reflected sun) and little supplemental water. To help its roots, we planted it between two pyramidal yews, which keep the soil reasonably cool. In the end, our specimen survived without complaining, but probably never thrived. It always looked a bit awkward, and finally succumbed to a saw one spring day as part of a sprucing-up-the-front-yard project.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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