Witch Hazel - A Gallery of these Unique Flowering Trees and Shrubs

A Very Beautiful Colored Witch Hazel - 'Diane"

Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae.  This might be a favorite for Witch Hazel, but I am undecided still.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae. This might be a favorite for Witch Hazel, but I am undecided still. | Source
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae.
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae. | Source
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae.  I love the colors here.
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelidaceae. I love the colors here. | Source

Witch Hazel Trees and Shrubs

Witch hazel has to be among the most interesting blooming trees and shrubs out there. I mean in regards to the design of the flowers, and how they look almost alien like, down to the medicinal uses for the plant. People have been using witch hazel as a home remedy for a very long time.

Part of my purpose here is to show you some of the different kinds of witch hazel that can be found, and their names. I hope to decide on one for my own garden in the future. Perhaps two would be even better!

These little trees and shrubs make great specimen plantings in the garden. They can be nice as a backdrop, or a tree that is in the background more than the foreground. These particular ones shown here, while a somewhat dismal looking day, help brighten up an area they are in.

The witch hazel that you see here, are blooming in the spring. There are some that tend to bloom more in the fall. One of the very interesting things I found out is that these trees don't all bloom the same time every year. It all depends on what the weather has been. I don't know of many other shrubs or trees that do that either! You could plant some of each, and have a lot of fun! I show the names of almost all that you see here, except for one. That way, if you see one you like and want to look it up to find out more about it, you can. The pictures don't do these flowers justice, as they bloom on their little trees and shrub.

Witch Hazel Tree - 'Sunburst'

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Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.    Such a bright yellow Witch Hazel.  This was almost the most eye catching in person.  Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.  I love the little unique looking flowers.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.    Such a bright yellow Witch Hazel.  This was almost the most eye catching in person.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'. Hamamelidaceae. Such a bright yellow Witch Hazel. This was almost the most eyecatching in person. | Source
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'. Hamamelidaceae. | Source
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'.  Hamamelidaceae.  I love the little unique looking flowers.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Sunburst'. Hamamelidaceae. I love the little unique looking flowers. | Source

The Intermedia Varieties Shown

I show a lot of witch hazels here that are some of the intermedia varieties. These are hybrid varieties of witch hazels that are a cross between Japanese and Chinese Species. I hadn't realized it at the time, but found it so interesting to learn. I feel lucky to have seen so many different varieties in bloom around the same time, as I have never seen that happen before.

Witch Hazel - 'Moonlight' Hamamelis

More pretty colors, especially before other flowers are blooming.  I like it against the ivy in the background. 'Moonlight' Hamamelis x Intermediate Hamamelidaceae.
More pretty colors, especially before other flowers are blooming. I like it against the ivy in the background. 'Moonlight' Hamamelis x Intermediate Hamamelidaceae. | Source
'Moonlight' Hamamelis x Intermediate Hamamelidaceae.  Witch Hazel flowers in early spring.
'Moonlight' Hamamelis x Intermediate Hamamelidaceae. Witch Hazel flowers in early spring. | Source

Witch Hazel - Bright Yellow Doerak Variety

Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae.  A lovely bright little Witch Hazel Tree with bright yellow blooms.
Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae. A lovely bright little Witch Hazel Tree with bright yellow blooms. | Source
Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae
Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae | Source
Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae
Hamamelis x Intermediate 'Doerak' Hamamelidaceae | Source

'Arnold Promise' Witch Hazel Shrub

Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Arnold Promise.'  Hamamelidaceae.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Arnold Promise.' Hamamelidaceae. | Source

Blooming Periods for Witch Hazel

Early March is a great time to see these varieties in bloom, and most will be done blooming by mid April. Some, again based on the weather, can bloom late December even, to early January. As gardeners plan out their gardens, especially in the "off" seasons, looking for a variety that blooms when you most want to see blooms, is a great idea. We don't usually have much say in when our flowers bloom.

So really there are a lot of different answers for when the blooming period is. Even if you get a basic idea, it can change a little if the weather calls for it.

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns'

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns'  - A lovely little tree or shrub to have in the early spring.
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns' - A lovely little tree or shrub to have in the early spring. | Source
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns.'  Look at these interesting little flowers!  They are unlike any others I know of.  Such neat colors at the end of a colorless winter in the area.
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns.' Look at these interesting little flowers! They are unlike any others I know of. Such neat colors at the end of a colorless winter in the area. | Source
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns'  - Such a unique little tree or shrub, I love it.
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis 'Heinrich Bruns' - Such a unique little tree or shrub, I love it. | Source

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Birgit'

This one, while the blooms are a little hard to see, are a very pretty color.  A very early bloomer as well, when almost nothing else is blooming. Witch hazel "Birgit" Hamamelidaceae.
This one, while the blooms are a little hard to see, are a very pretty color. A very early bloomer as well, when almost nothing else is blooming. Witch hazel "Birgit" Hamamelidaceae. | Source

Witch Hazel - End of Winter but Not Quite Spring

Spring Witch Hazel against a drab late winter day.   They can really brighten up the landscape!
Spring Witch Hazel against a drab late winter day. They can really brighten up the landscape! | Source

'Fire Charm' Witch Hazel Flowers in Late Winter

Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Fire Charm.'  Hamamelidaceae.  I love the color variations on this witch hazel tree.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Fire Charm.' Hamamelidaceae. I love the color variations on this witch hazel tree. | Source

The day in which I took these photos was a rather dreary day in late winter, almost early spring. The forsythia trees and shrubs hadn't even begun to bloom yet, and the snow crocus had only just peeked out. I am glad to have the pictures as they are, because hopefully it can still show you how colorful these flowering shrubs and little trees can be in the winter. Picture though, a very bright winter or early spring day. These colors seem to "pop" all the more!

I want to decide on a favorite witch hazel sometime, and get one of my own for my garden. They bring a lot of joy kind of like my forsythia do, hyacinths, daffodils, etc. The only thing better is these come even sooner than the others do. That is impressive. At least to me it is impressive.

Witch Hazel 'Pallida'

Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Pallida' Hamamelidaceae.  A pretty blooming witch hazel shrub.
Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Pallida' Hamamelidaceae. A pretty blooming witch hazel shrub. | Source

Witch Hazel Hamamelis x Intermedia Tree

A lovely little tree in the very early spring time.  It is called Witch hazel Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Aurora' Hamamelidaceae.
A lovely little tree in the very early springtime. It is called Witch hazel Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Aurora' Hamamelidaceae. | Source

The Hazel Family - Hamamelidaceae

The hazel family is comprised of over 100 different species of trees and shrubs. You will find some like trees and shrubs like sweetgums, ironwoods, witch hazels, and winter hazels in this group. What is shown here is but a sampling of some of the witch hazels that are available.

While I love flowers a lot, trees and shrubs are like the "bones" of any garden really. The give it their definition and design so often. Learning more about the hazel family and so many others can be helpful when planning a garden, or just enjoying gardens that you might see someday.

As you can see in one of the photos above, with more of a garden showing and the background, you can really see how witch hazel brightens up an otherwise dreary landscape. I imagine this is why some people are so drawn to them in part.

Pretty Little Witch Hazel Tree

I love the blooms on this one, but I don't have the name for it.  You can see it is still winter time, and dreary somewhat.  The color really stands out in this case, and is a welcome site. Snow crocus in the background too.
I love the blooms on this one, but I don't have the name for it. You can see it is still wintertime, and dreary somewhat. The color really stands out in this case, and is a welcome site. Snow crocus in the background too. | Source

Witch Hazel - Trees and Shrubs - Poll

Have you ever had a witch hazel shrub or tree where you have lived?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I am not sure.
  • Some other answer
  • Yes, and I would love to have more in the future
  • No, but I would love to have one or more in the future.
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dearabbysmom 2 years ago from Indiana

I had no idea what witch hazel looks like, or that it was even a flowering shrub. I guess I thought it was an herb! Thank you for the pics, it's actually very pretty!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Abbysmom, I am glad you know what it looks like now, and I recall first seeing it and thinking along those same lines. The bark and leaves of milk thistle have been used for a very long time by people, as a remedy like you see with the smaller herbal plants. I love that it is so pretty and very different looking. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

They are all amazing, what a great tree:) great tips how to light up a bit in fall or spring or depends on the weather! Voted up and beautiful.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks so much Kerlund! I am glad you liked the trees, and they do really light things up when its dreary out. I am happy you stopped by and commented, thank you!


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

These are wonderful pictures. I love plants and this hub just blew me away. Great job!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Jp, thank you very much! I too love plants, so it's a joy to find a fellow plant lover. It makes me so happy that you liked the hub, thank you for your comment and visit here!


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raymondphilippe 2 years ago from The Netherlands

What a beautiful hub filled with excellent photos of this tree. It could be one of those undervalued specimens.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Raymond, I am glad you were able to stop by my hub and so happy you liked it! There is something really special about the witch hazels, and they are beautiful I think. I really appreciate your comment, thank you!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

It was beautiful oceansunsets. I have never had - or heard of - the Witch Hazel tree. This was very helpful if I ever grow a garden again or if they can be grown indoors.

Kevin


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Kevin, since you have never had or heard of a Witch Hazel shrub or tree, I am all the more happy that I shared this. It is a very unique plant with flowers not quite like anything else I have ever seen. So glad you think they are beautiful, and I do too! Thank you for your comment.


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newbizmau 23 months ago from Mobile, AL

I wasn't even clear that Witch Hazel was a shrub. Good Topic! ++


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks for your visit and comment! For so long, I had no idea witch hazel grew like this. They are a very unique plant!

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