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A picture of a Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis spp.

Hamamelis intermedia Aphrodite (toverhazelaar). by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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. They 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.