Common Name: Witch hazel
Origin/Ecology: Hybrid between H. japonica and H. mollis
Habit: Somewhat coarse, loosely-branched, medium to large, deciduous shrubs that typically grow 12-20′ tall.
Leaves: Broad-oval, green leaves (to 6″ long). Yellow-orange to yellow fall colour can be quite attractive.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Noted for their spidery, often fragrant, mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges. Fruit can occur at the same time as flowers.
Water Use, Soil: Average, medium, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Shrub borders, woodland gardens, screen or tall hedge, ornamental.
Limitations: No serious problems. Occasional insect galls and beetle damage on leaves.