Hamamelis Virginiana- (American Witchhazel) This small tree or tall shrub is often multi-trunked and usually grows10-15 ft. tall but can reach 30 ft. in height in it's natural habitat. The large, crooked, spreading branches form an irregular, open crown. The floral display of witch hazel is unique. Its fragrant, yellow flowers with strap-like, crumpled petals appear in the fall, persisting for some time after leaf drop. Lettuce-green, deciduous leaves maintain a rich consistency into fall when they turn brilliant gold. Bark is smooth and gray.
The aromatic extract of leaves, twigs, and bark is used in mildly astringent lotions and cosmetic preparations. Upon drying, the contracting seed capsule can eject its small seed as far as 30' (9 m). 5 gal
Full sun to part shade