Plants We Love: Ozark Witch Hazel

Plant name: Ozark witch hazel

Botanical name: Hamamelis vernalis

Virtues: Early bloom time (January to March). Fragrant flowers. Adaptable, hardy and easy to grow.

Flowers: Appear in clusters, usually colored yellow with reddish interiors. Fragrant. Blooms over 4 weeks, beginning in January or February in most areas. The flowers are smaller than those of other witch hazels, but they appear in profusion.

Foliage:
Deciduous. Turns yellow in fall.

Habit: Rounded shrub, 6 to 10 feet tall and slightly wider.

Season: Winter for flowers; fall for foliage.

Origin: Southern and central United States.

Cultivation: Plant in average well-drained soil. Takes full sun or part shade, but blooms best with full sun. Will spread by suckers if these aren’t removed. Prune after flowering. Zones 4 to 8.

Image courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder

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