Trees and shrubs

Hamamelis: floriferous and original


Witch hazel is a sublime shrub that blooms in winter, starting in January.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Witch Hazel
Family : Hamamelidaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 2 to 5 m
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Rather rich

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : January to March

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Pruning and maintenance are actions that will improve flowering and growth of witch hazel.

Planting witch hazel

Planting witch hazel is best done in autumn to promote rooting before winter.

Purchased in pots or containers, you can plant outside the fall, avoiding periods of frost or hot weather.

  • Witch hazel likes it Sun, mostly in winter, but he dreads it if it's too hot in the summer
  • A light shade, the afternoon in summer, is ideal for this tree
  • By installing your witch hazel sheltered from cold winds, you will make their flowering last
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Hamamelis in a pot

If you are lucky enough to have a patio that can accommodate a large pot, you can grow witch hazel in a pot because its slow growth allows it to be grown in pots.

It should also be noted that witch hazel is particularly resistant to cold and that cultivation in pots is therefore very suitable.

  • Make sure you have good drainage
  • Fill the pot with good potting soil
  • Add fertilizer once a year
  • Water in case of hot weather or prolonged drought because in pots the water needs are more frequent

Witch hazel growth is medium and adult height a few meters at most, do not buy it to make a large tree.

Maintenance, pruning of the witch hazel

Maintenance is easy and its rusticity makes it almost immune to most diseases but also to attacks from insects or parasites.

  • No pruning is really necessary, as its growth is relatively slow.
  • However, if you want to rebalance or reduce the branches, wait until the end of flowering.

Watering the witch hazel:

Witch hazel should be watered regularly in hot weather and for the first 2 years after planting.

In winter, if it really isn't raining and the soil is dry, water outside of frost periods to ensure good flowering.

  • During summer, always prefer watering in the evening to prevent the water from evaporating.
  • In winter, water more during the day.

Shrubs to pair with witch hazel

This tree appreciates acidic soil, we will not hesitate to associate it with evergreen heather earth plants such as camellia, the azaleas, the rhododendrons or the heather.

He will also be in perfect company, with the loropetalum which also blooms in winter.

Good to know about witch hazel

The flowers of Hamamelis are remarkable for their originality and above all because they appear beautiful middle of winter.

If the witch hazel loses its leaves in the fall, it is therefore adorned with beautiful flowers in lemony tones from January.

It is these flowers that will subsequently give a superb deep green foliage.

Maintenance and affluent culture, this shrub particularly finds its place when planted in isolation, but we can also easily imagine it in the middle of a varied hedge.

  • He is considered one of the most beautiful winter flowering shrubs and no one should contradict it!

Witch hazel is perfect for a little garden because, apart from the fact that it has a reasonable adult size, it grows relatively slowly.

Note at the end that it is enough insensitive to diseases and parasites which makes it a very easy to maintain tree.

Benefits of witch hazel

Witch hazel is recognized today for its health benefits.

It is widely used in the composition of many medicines thanks to its soothing virtues for the skin and in particular theeczema, its action on the circulation, varicose veins or hemorrhoids.

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Smart tip

A mulch based onpine bark is recommended.

The acidity they contain promotes the development of witch hazel and maintains moisture.


Photo: © LianeM

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