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Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana

Other Names: N/A

Family
  • Hamamelidaceae – Witch Hazel family
Flower
  • ~2 cm (3/4 inch) head
  • 4 yellow-green petals that are long, thin and wrinkled that curl into a bud when temperature drops
  • buds are hairy
  • clusters are located in leaf axils
Leaf
  • 5-15 cm (2-6 inches) long and egg-shaped/oval
  • not symmetrical at base
  • edges and wavy
Location
  • in most parts of eastern North America
  • found in wooded areas
Flowering Time
  • in autumn - September through November
Other
  • may be a shrub or a small tree from 3-4.5 meters (10-15 feet)
  • dowsers have used the branches to find water sources
  • bark and leaves provide a popular topical astringent
Name Origin
  • N/A
Witch Hazel flower

Witch Hazel leaf