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Witch Hazel - A Gallery of these Unique Flowering Trees and Shrubs
A Very Beautiful Colored Witch Hazel - 'Diane"
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'Click thumbnail to view full-size
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
Witch Hazel - Bright Yellow Doerak Variety
'Arnold Promise' Witch Hazel Shrub
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 x Intermedia 'Birgit'
Witch Hazel - End of Winter but Not Quite Spring
'Fire Charm' Witch Hazel Flowers in Late Winter
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'
Witch Hazel Hamamelis x Intermedia Tree
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
Witch Hazel - Trees and Shrubs - Poll
Have you ever had a witch hazel shrub or tree where you have lived?
© 2014 Paula