W is for Witch Hazel


Witch Hazel otherwise known as Hamamelis virginiana is a truly wonderful winter-flowering  plant. In addition to its healing powers, witch hazel has the ability to add colour and fragrance to this season of gloom. They display curious, and beautiful, spidery flowers that exude a sublime, somewhat spicy fragrance. Their colours range from pale yellow through orange and strong reds, and even purple.

W = witch hazel

Although they can grow into small trees it is easy to maintain as a much smaller size by pruning each year after flowering, once the plant is established. The smell alone is worth growing one of these little beauties in your garden.



11 Comments Add yours

  1. When the Witch Hazels bloom I always know Spring is on its way! That’s a healing power in itself I think 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      And a lovely fragrance!

  2. Liz Brownlee says:

    Oooh – i like the sound of that! Small would be good… Very beautiful.

    Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  3. Damyanti says:

    Witch hazels look and smell beautiful– thanks for sharing that photo!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome, the scent is absolutely amazing!

  4. Just catching up on your AtoZ. What amazing images. I’ve no witch hazel but lots of hazel trees that keep self seeding. You’ve picked some of my favourite plants for your AtoZ’s. I need to get over my issues with Dahlias though!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hi Lynne, I haven’t been able to visit many blogs this past week as I have been away and had virtually no connection. Such A pain! So many plants to choose from it has been difficult to ‘weed’ out the ones that haven’t made it. Maybe next year I shall try and write about gardens I’ve visited although Q , X and Z may be a step too far 😀

  5. The Rider says:

    Weird, Wacky, Wagtailing Wallflowercoloured Weftageinspiring Whippy Worricowhaired…

  6. Laine Gray says:

    I Love this! I will seriously consider finding some witch hazel to plant! Exciting 🙂

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