Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana
F. Hamamelidaceae
General Description:

Witch Hazel is an autumn-flowering shrub that measures approximately 3-4.5 m. in height. Witch Hazel can also reach tree size. The flowers are radially symmetrical and have distinctive, narrow, long crumpled petals that turn deep yellow as they mature. The leaves are long and have wavy margins.

Hamamelis virginiana
Flowers:

The flowers of witch hazel are small, measuring 2 cm. in width, and have distinctive long, skinny, crumpled petals. The bloom is yellow and forms hairy buds.

Leaves:

The leaves are long, measuring 7.5-15 cm. in length, and are characterized by wavy margins and a distinctive base with asymmetrical back lobes.

Habitat:

Witch Hazel grows best in dry or moist wooded areas

Fun Facts:

Witch Hazel is a medicinal plant. The bark and leaves can be used to produce a topical astringent.

Witch Hazel branches have been traditionally used by dowsers to locate water.

The distinctive petals of witch hazel are temperature sensitive; they become reflexed when cold and unfurl when warm.

Hamamelis virginiana
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