Hamamelis virginiana--Common Witch-Hazel

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Hamamelis virginiana--Common Witch-Hazel

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Common witch-hazel grows best in sun or partial shade and in light, moist soil. The plant tolerates dryness and grows slowly. It grows to 20 to 30 feet tall and spreads 20 to 25 feet. The fragrant flowers are produced in late fall to early winter and have straplike, yellow petals. This is the last shrub to flower during the year. The flowers are more interesting than ornamental however. The fall color is yellow. The plant suckers freely and tolerates urban environments.

One cultivar is listed: 'rubescens'--reddish petals.

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