Scientific Name: Hamamelis virginiana
Common Name: American witch hazel
Family Name: Hamamelidaceae
Origin: Canada - eastern, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous, Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Fall interest, Mixed shrub border, Specimen plant, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Elliptic, Obovate, Crenate
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Yellow, Oct-Nov
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, May-Jun, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, most obovate, 10-15cm long x 6-9cm wide; bases uneven, margins wavy to crenate; flowers with four ribbon-like petals, Oct.-Nov; capsules woody, about 12mm long. Winter ID: persistent fruit; buds felty, flattened, stalked, 4-6mm long, scale like a folded brown leaf; leaf scar half-round to 3-lobed, some with 3 bundle scars visible; flower buds small, round, in tight clusters.