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NC Native Plant Society:
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Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana

Northern Witch-hazel

Scientific Name:

Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana

Genus:

Hamamelis

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Northern Witch-hazel

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Hamamelidaceae (Witch-Hazel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

October, November, December

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Fruits take 2 years to mature.

Branch in Bloom

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Closeup of Bloom

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Leaves

Witchhazel leaves are pale below and have a wavy edge and unequal bases.

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Seed capsules

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Developing fruit (capsules) in late July

North Carolina mountains

The Scientific Name is Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana. You will likely hear them called Northern Witch-hazel. This picture shows the Developing fruit (capsules) in late July of Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Moist to dryish forests (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.



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