Facts about Witch Hazel shrub. "Scientific name for Witch Hazel is Hamamelis. The scientfic name Hamamelis is Latin from the Greek meaning, a kind of service tree or medlar. The Witch Hazel is a small tree, which adds fragrance to your garden with their golden-yellow flowers that normally blooms in fall through winter. The Witch Hazel shrub exhibit attractive foliage in all growing seasons with their leaves being bright green in the spring and yellow during fall. They are tough, adaptable shrubs and require little maintenance once they are established. The Witch Hazel shrub should be planted in a favorable planting site with proper climatic conditions for them to grow optimally. The Witch Hazel shrub are normally planted as mixed border plants or in the backyard as perennial plants. They are known to have many medicinal uses.
Attributes of Witch Hazel shrub
Witch Hazels grow up to a height of 15’ to 30 feet (4.57 to 9.14 meters) high with an equal spread and they can tolerate partial shades though they require full sun. The Witch Hazel shrub have crinkled, four petals, which create a spidery, delicate appearance on the bare branches. Their flowers are expected to bloom from October through to December but this may differ depending on the region where they are grown. The Witch Hazel shrub has a vase-shaped form and it can be grown as a multi-stemmed or a single shrub. Newly produced leaves are usually brown in color to slightly fuzzy, which turns to silver-grey as they mature. The Witch Hazel shrub have coppery rejuvenated growth in the spring and elegant gold autumn color which makes the Witch Hazel a favorite plant in these seasons.
Conditions for Growth of the Witch Hazel shrub
The Witch Hazel shrub are hardy species, which can grow well in various conditions especially in zone 3 to zone 9. They do well in full sunny conditions though they may tolerate partial shades. Growing optimally in well-drained, acidic, sandy, loamy, rich and fertile soils, they exhibit a medium growth rate. The Witch Hazel shrub occur naturally in cold temperature zones but they can do well in slightly warmer temperatures.
Care and Maintenance of the Witch Hazel shrub
The Witch Hazel shrub require little to no maintenance since they are hardy plants. They made extra fertilization in poor soils. They also don’t tolerate dry conditions for a long time thus occasional watering may be necessary in drier soils. The Witch Hazel shrub should be mulched to conserve the soil moisture and to prevent the roots from the effect of winter frost.