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Witch Hazel Overview
Hamamelis is a genus of deciduous shrubs and small trees in the Hamamelidaceae family. They are commonly known as Witch Hazels and there are just 5 species including the more well known H. mollis, from China and H. virginiana, from North America. Hamamelis plants are distinguished by their unusual clusters of flowers with 4 slender strap-shaped crinkled petals in colours from yellow to red, produced in the late Autumn and throughout Winter before the leaves develop. Commonly known as Witch Hazel, they prefer an acid soil in sun or partial shade.
How to propagate Witch Hazel
By simple layering or seed in autumn, selected forms by softwood cuttings in summer, by budding in late summer.
Grafting in winter.
Other uses of Witch Hazel
Grown for their autumn colour and fragrant, frost resistant flowers, each with 4 narrowly strap shaped petals.