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.



Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

11 thoughts on “W is for Witch Hazel

  1. 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. 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 😀

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