Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Family: Witch Hazel (Hamamelidaceae)

Petal Arrangement: The Witch Hazel flower is shaped like a star. The petals of the Witch Hazel are small and thin and string-like. Each flower has 4 petals centered around the flower head. Flowers grow in the corners where the twig branches out (leaves grow at tip of branch with flower underneath). Flowers grow together in small clumps.

Color: The Witch Hazel flower is yellow.

Leaf Arrangement: The leaves of the Witch Hazel are wide and oval or lance-shaped. Leaves are whole, many toothed and arranged in an alternate pattern. The Witch Hazel plant grows either as a shrub or small tree.

Size, Location, Season: Witch Hazel ranges in height from 150-450 cm (5-15 ft). It can be found in wooded areas throughout Northeastern U.S. October-November.

** Found at Hammond Pond, Chestnut Hill, Brookline, MA. - Late October.

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