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Have you thought of planting Witch Hazel? You should!

Witch hazel arnols promise
Originally published February 2011.

So many of us have large shade trees, and are looking for just the right understory tree or shrub for a wooded area or shaded courtyard. One excellent choice is Witch Hazel (Hamamelis spp). A tall (to 20’) deciduous shrub with arching branches; it may be pruned to the shape of a multi-trunk tree, making a lovely specimen or focal point in the garden.

As a group, Witch Hazels bloom in winter, carrying fragrant flowers with strap-like petals on bare branches. Their foliage is dark green in summer, turning to orange and red in autumn.

We currently have Witch Hazel ‘Diane’ with coral red flowers, ‘Arnold Promise’ with golden yellow flowers, and the species virginiana with bright yellow flowers. All perform well in dappled shade with a little morning sun in deep, rich soil.



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  1. I am smitten with the idea of witch hazel, but when I called I was told you had none to sell and that they didn’t like our hot summers. I am confused.

  2. I’m so sorry we’ve confused you! We do currently have all three varieties (listed above) of witch hazel in stock. They are not native to North Texas so they need a bit of TLC in summer, but with amended soil, consistent moisture, and protection from the afternoon sun they will all make it through the summer and reward you with flowers in fall and winter. Come in and we’ll be happy to show them to you!

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