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.
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