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Witch Hazel, the tree of golden stars

Witch Hazel, the tree of golden stars

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It has long been called "witches' hazel".

Magical and mysterious, witch hazel is covered in winter with strange golden yellow flowers and in autumn, adorned with exceptional colors.

Thewitch Hazel is a shrub to be isolated or planted in a small grove in groups of three or five subjects. Place them at the entrance to the garden, as a welcome sign or in a place visible from the entrance and your house. Pair them with a Camellia sasanqua or some grasses. You can garnish the foot with bulb flowers: colchicum to accompany the foliage in autumn and bluebells to color spring in the period when it appears bare, since it has finished flowering, but has not yet covered itself with its new leaves.

Good care of witch hazel

Witch hazel is always offered in a root ball or container, as it does not support bare root transplantation. Remember if you ever need to transplant witch hazel from your garden. Witch hazel presented flowering in containers will benefit from remaining in their pot until the end of flowering before being placed in the ground. Plants purchased between 60 cm and 1.20 m in height give the best guarantees of recovery. Very young plants are quite fragile.

These shrubs appreciate a rather acidic soil, which does not dry out too much during the summer. Install the witch hazel at half shade, in a rather humid atmosphere, without excessive heat. It is important that the plant benefits in winter from a maximum brightness, in order to bloom in abundance. It is advisable to water well after periods of strong heat and even to shower the foliage copiously in the evening. A witch hazel that is lacking in water can take on its autumn color as early as July.

Size is not necessary except for rebalance the silhouette. Slowly growing, it will reach 1.50 m high and 2 m wide after five years of planting, 3 x 4 m after ten years and 5 x 6 m after twenty years. Planting distances: from 3 to 4 m.

Every year, in April-May, attentive gardeners can ask a mulch permanent (mulch) 5 to 10 cm thick, at the foot and up to the vertical line of the antlers. Made up of a mixture of peat and garden compost, this contribution guarantees good growth and will better withstand the heat of summer.

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