Hamamelis virginiana - American Witchhazel
A tall shrub with fragrant yellow flowers that open in fall provides nectar for migrating insects. Birds and wildlife eat the seed after it falls to the ground. Upright-spreading branches are perfect nesting sites for a variety of birds. Deep yellow fall leaf color is outstanding.
- Great fall foliage color
- Good source of nectar late in the season
- Fragrant, bright yellow flowers in late fall
- Proves nesting site for many different birds
- A tough plant for a variety of garden uses
Wooded slopes, floodplains, damp woods and thickets; Nova Scotia, southern Quebec and southern Ontario to eastern Minnesota south to eastern Texas and central Florida.
Late blooming, this deciduous shrub produces fertilized flowers that form fruit throughout the winter. The greenish fruits become woody as they ripen until they split in the fall of the following year. As they split, 1-2 black seeds erupt up to 30 feet away.
Grows best in average to moist, well-drained acidic soils in full sun or partial shade.