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.
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.
Witch Hazel grows best in dry or moist wooded areas
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.